By Georgina Wade
The recent release of the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) 2017 Adaptation Gap report highlights the necessity of understanding the key opportunities and challenges associated with assessing progress on adaptation at the global level, particularly for the successful implementation of the Paris Agreement.
Launched during the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23), the annual report differs from previous reports that focused solely on assessing specific adaptation gaps and focuses on the broader issues relating to frameworks, comprising concepts and data methodology. Future Adaptation Gap Reports will return to assessments of specific adaptation gaps.
The context of the report aims attention on four global adaptation provisions contained within the Paris agreement: the global goal on adaptation, the global stocktake to take place every five years beginning in 2023 as a means of monitoring progress, the transparency framework and adaptation communication provisions between parties.
The key findings of the report lead to the recommendation that a framework is needed that can capture the big picture, what is changing, and be flexible as methods improve.