Africa’s Adaptation Gap 2

Technical Report
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African countries are going to have to adapt to protect their peoples from the harsh impacts of climate change and to ensure that they are not derailed from their current development pathways.

Developed country parties to the climate convention committed to “assist the developing country parties that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change in meeting costs of adaptation to those adverse effects”. The first edition of Africa’s Adaptation Gap Technical Report, published in 2013, provided an overview of the most relevant impacts of climate change in different sectors across Africa, as well as cost estimates for adaptation. This, second, report explores the extent to which African countries can contribute to closing the adaptation gap to better understand the resources that will be needed, and thereby the likely extent to which international climate finance must be raised, leveraged and deployed in service of Africa’s pressing adaptation needs.