Climate change

Adaptation to climate change

 

Climate change poses serious challenges to countries' social and economic development. Adaptation therefore needs to be an integral component of countries' climate change policies. The OECD supports governments' adaptation efforts by providing the analytical foundations needed to develop efficient and effective adaptation policies, and helps to facilitate the integration of adaptation into development co-operation activities. OECD work on adaptation to climate change focusses on three main areas:


Economic aspects of adaptation

The OECD provides guidance on the range of different economic policies and tools that countries will need to implement efficient adaptation.

Adaptation and development

Developing countries will be particularly affected by climate change - the OECD is working to integrate effective adaptation into development activities.

Adaptation in OECD countries

OECD analysis is helping developed countries to make sure that key economic sectors and vulnerable groups are prepared for climate change.

Publications and events
Current projects

Lastest release: Water and Climate Change Adaptation - Policies to Navigate Uncharted Waters (September 2013). This new report reviews countries’ initiatives to adapt water management to climate change. It reveals that nearly all countries project increasing water risks due to climate change, with extreme events (floods and/or droughts) cited as a primary concern by 32 countries and 23 saying water shortage is a key issue. See also this 3 minute video on how climate change is affecting flood risk.


The Expert Workshop on Climate Resilience and Economic Growth in Developing Countries (2013) brought together policy-makers, academics and the private sector to contribute to a new OECD project on integrating climate resilience into growth and development planning.

National Adaptation Planning: Lessons from OECD Countries (2013) provides an overview of progress in adaptation planning across the OECD, and lessons learnt from countries' experiences in evidence provision, strategic planning and policy implementation.

Policy Forum on Adaptation in OECD countries (2012) brought together adaptation practitioners and experts to discuss progress in national adaptation planning, including  common challenegs and successes, monitoring and evaluation, and the role of the private sector.

 

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Read our list of publications for more information.

Contact: Michael.Mullan@oecd.org

 

 

 

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