UN Adaptation Gap Report 2017

UNEP has been publishing an Emissions Gap Report since 2010 which quantifies the gap in ambition to stay below 2°Celsius. In 2017, for the third time, UNEP also published an Adaptation Gap Report. The Report explores how progress towards the global goal on adaptation can be assessed. The topic is highly relevant for the UN climate change negotiations which are discussing modalities for the Global Stocktake, the Transparency Framework and Adaptation Communications. The report is structured as follows:

  1. Introduction
  2. Provisions of the Paris Agreement on adaptation review and reporting
  3. Challenges of measuring adaptation (see Policy Brief)
  4. National Adaptation M&E Systems
  5. Global tracking of adaptation
  6. Summary and Outlook

The report also features several country cases from the development of adaptation M&E systems including in South Africa and Cambodia, which were supported by GIZ on behalf of BMZ. A video summary of the report is available from UNFCCC Adaptation Exchange.

GIZ’s Timo Leiter from the project “Effective Adaptation Finance (M&E Adapt)” is lead author of chapters 2 and 4 of the report, underscoring the expertise of GIZ in the field of Adaptation Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E). Further Information on Adaptation M&E is available on AdaptationCommunity.net and the Adaptation Gap Report is available from UN Environment.

Guidance for M&E of community-based adaptation

A new book chapter outlines M&E of community-based adaptation. The chapter presents results from the 9th Community-based Adaptation conference (CBA9) in Nairobi. Entitled Key considerations for monitoring and evaluation of community-based Adaptationit:

  • Introduces four considerations for the development of an adaptation M&E system (purpose, content, target audience, capacities & resources)
  • Discusses principles, frameworks and trade-offs for M&E of CBA
  • Recommends a theory of change approach such as GIZ’s “Adaptation made to measure
  • Outlines how M&E of CBA can be linked to national Adaptation M&E systems

The chapter offers an introduction for practitioners working at the community level who are interested in advancing their knowledge about Monitoring & Evaluation. It also serves as background reading for GIZ’s adaptation M&E training course. Authored by Timo Leiter from the project “Effective Adaptation Finance (M&E Adapt)” funded by BMZ, the chapter is part of the book “Enhancing adaptation to climate change in developing countries” published by the African Centre for Technology Studies Press.