Policy Paper 35

Climate Change Adaptation

Challenges in Institutionalization and Financing

Pieter Pauw, Chinwe Ifejika Speranza, Isabel van de Sand, Marcus Kaplan, Benjamin Schraven

November 2011; pp 12; ISSN 1437-2819

Policy Paper 35 as pdf-file.


Climate change is one of the key challenges to mankind in the 21st century. Even under drastic cuts in global greenhouse gas emissions, climate change adaptation will be necessary for decades to come. Developing countries will be disproportionally affected by the negative impacts due to their geographic locations and high vulnerability. Adaptation to climate change is highly necessary but the capacity to adapt in many developing countries is severely constrained. Following the ‘polluter pays principle’ the developed countries have a distinct role to support adaptation in developing countries. The SEF-Policy Paper 35, written by a climate expert-team from the well-known German Development Institute, takes stock of the current status of institutionalization and financing of adaptation and gives recommendations for their improvement.


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