The University of Southampton
University of Southampton Institutional Repository

Documenting the state of adaptation for the global stocktake of the Paris Agreement

Documenting the state of adaptation for the global stocktake of the Paris Agreement
Documenting the state of adaptation for the global stocktake of the Paris Agreement
Article 7, paragraph 14 of the Paris Agreement to the United Nations Framework
Convention on Climate Change commits Parties to create a five yearly assessment
of observed adaptation to track progress and enable appropriate future commitments through the Nationally Determined Contributions and National Adaptation Plans. No large-scale study exists that shows the types of adaptation, the spatial distribution of types of adaptation, and the numbers of people engaging in that adaptation. To address this gap, and to feed into debates about the modalities for the global stocktake, in this paper, we propose a new “stocktaking” approach to document the spectrum and prevalence of observed adaptation over large scales. The four-step stocktaking approach focuses on: (a) obtaining consensus on the objectives of adaptation; (b) agreeing the sources of evidence; (c) agreeing the search method; and (d) categorizing the adaptations. By focusing on documenting rather than evaluating adaptation, the simple approach avoids some of the adaptation heuristic traps. With guidance to countries on how to operationalize, this approach could improve the transparency of adaptation data collection and analysis, ensure comparability of findings across space and time, and inform the Adaptation Communications (Article 7.10)—a prerequisite to strengthening future
ambition commitments within the Paris Agreement.
global stocktake, tracking adaptation
1757-7780
Tompkins, Emma L.
a6116704-7140-4e37-bea1-2cbf39b138c3
Vincent, Katharine
9903417e-ad11-4d5b-b46c-14b7ef2a34d2
Nicholls, Robert J.
4ce1e355-cc5d-4702-8124-820932c57076
Suckall, Natalie
6403cd8a-dab8-4fed-9136-ab293700d4fe
Tompkins, Emma L.
a6116704-7140-4e37-bea1-2cbf39b138c3
Vincent, Katharine
9903417e-ad11-4d5b-b46c-14b7ef2a34d2
Nicholls, Robert J.
4ce1e355-cc5d-4702-8124-820932c57076
Suckall, Natalie
6403cd8a-dab8-4fed-9136-ab293700d4fe

Tompkins, Emma L., Vincent, Katharine, Nicholls, Robert J. and Suckall, Natalie (2018) Documenting the state of adaptation for the global stocktake of the Paris Agreement. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, [e545]. (doi:10.1002/wcc.545).

Record type: Article

Abstract

Article 7, paragraph 14 of the Paris Agreement to the United Nations Framework
Convention on Climate Change commits Parties to create a five yearly assessment
of observed adaptation to track progress and enable appropriate future commitments through the Nationally Determined Contributions and National Adaptation Plans. No large-scale study exists that shows the types of adaptation, the spatial distribution of types of adaptation, and the numbers of people engaging in that adaptation. To address this gap, and to feed into debates about the modalities for the global stocktake, in this paper, we propose a new “stocktaking” approach to document the spectrum and prevalence of observed adaptation over large scales. The four-step stocktaking approach focuses on: (a) obtaining consensus on the objectives of adaptation; (b) agreeing the sources of evidence; (c) agreeing the search method; and (d) categorizing the adaptations. By focusing on documenting rather than evaluating adaptation, the simple approach avoids some of the adaptation heuristic traps. With guidance to countries on how to operationalize, this approach could improve the transparency of adaptation data collection and analysis, ensure comparability of findings across space and time, and inform the Adaptation Communications (Article 7.10)—a prerequisite to strengthening future
ambition commitments within the Paris Agreement.

Text
Tompkins_et_al-2018-Wiley_Interdisciplinary_Reviews%3A_Climate_Change - Version of Record
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution.
Download (1MB)

More information

Accepted/In Press date: 19 June 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 18 July 2018
Keywords: global stocktake, tracking adaptation

Identifiers

Local EPrints ID: 422444
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/422444
ISSN: 1757-7780
PURE UUID: aa9872d1-7c0c-44b7-8b2b-a0880268c0bf
ORCID for Robert J. Nicholls: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-9715-1109

Catalogue record

Date deposited: 24 Jul 2018 16:30
Last modified: 07 Oct 2020 03:56

Export record

Altmetrics

Contributors

Author: Katharine Vincent
Author: Natalie Suckall

University divisions

Download statistics

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics

Atom RSS 1.0 RSS 2.0

Contact ePrints Soton: eprints@soton.ac.uk

ePrints Soton supports OAI 2.0 with a base URL of http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/cgi/oai2

This repository has been built using EPrints software, developed at the University of Southampton, but available to everyone to use.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.

×