New Publications: “Common Ground between the Paris Agreement and the Sendai Framework: Climate Change adaptation and disaster risk reduction”

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Countries are faced with the growing challenge of managing increasing risks from climate change and climate variability, putting development and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals at risk. The adoption of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Paris Agreement on climate change in 2015 provides a clear mandate for increased coherence in countries’ approaches to climate and disaster risk reduction. However, when it comes to the implementation of the agendas, national and international policy processes are not making sufficient use of synergies, which leads to duplications and overlaps. Different financing and support mechanisms of the global agendas reinforce inefficiencies.

The study “Common Ground between the Paris Agreement and the Sendai Framework: Climate Change adaptation and disaster risk reduction” examines challenges and potentials for a coherent implementation of climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction (DRR) at global and (sub-) national level as well as across sectors. It draws on lessons and comparisons from the country case studies of Ghana, Peru and the Philippines to identify good practices for scaling-up concrete actions to accelerate the integration of DRR and CCA in implementation processes. Furthermore, it illustrates how to build human and institutional capacity in understanding climate and disaster risks, planning and implementing more coherent approaches as well as how to monitor and evaluate the progress. Finally, the study provides practical priority strategies and actionable ways forward for increased coherence of the CCA and DRR agendas targeted at policy makers in developing countries and emerging economies as well as development cooperation actors and further stakeholders.

The study was commissioned to the OECD and conducted in close cooperation with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). It serves as a contribution to the G20 Adaptation Work Program by Germany/BMZ in line with the G20 priorities of the Japanese Presidency. Preliminary findings have already been presented at the Climate Sustainability Working Group (CSWG) meeting in Bangkok in November 2019.

Download the full report here

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