While we all breathlessly wait for big money to hit the GCF (US$15 billion in pledges is expected by the end of this year), ECO would like to remind everyone that there are other funds in dire need of money too. One of them, the Adaptation Fund, which has projects ready to be implemented in vulnerable countries such as Ghana, Mali or Nepal, is now just waiting for the resources to get those projects started.
Adaptation & Loss and Damage Working Group
The CAN Adaptation and Loss & Damage Group coordinates advocacy and policy work around adaptation and loss & damage. Within the UNFCCC, this encompasses work on different negotiation streams (e.g. National Adaptation Plans, Nairobi Work Programme, adaptation in the ADP) as well as following certain technical bodies (in particular, the Adaptation Committee and the Warsaw International Mechanism on Loss & Damage). The group also contributes to crosscutting issues such as adaptation finance. After the COP19 decision to establish a loss & damage mechanism, the group’s name was renamed to include loss and damage, reflecting the increasing relevance of loss & damage discussions as well as the “beyond adaptation” nature of this issue area. Given the close links to the adaptation debate and the overlap in individuals involved, it was decided to keep both issues in one group. The group also exchanges information on aspects beyond the negotiations related to adaptation and loss & damage. New active members, in particular with concrete adaptation experience, are very welcome.
ECO has been sitting on the edge of its chair waiting to find out how the work of the Warsaw Loss and Damage Mechanism has progressed since the first meeting of its ExCom at the end of March.
Developed countries: do you often wonder how you can help vulnerable countries meet the mounting costs of climate change through loss and damage, given the fiscal challenges you’re facing at home?
Vulnerable countries: do you despair that the costs of loss and damage will never be met by anyone other than those suffering the impacts?
ECO would like to remind Parties that “adaptation to climate change” represents an immediate and urgent global priority. The 2015 agreement must make a significant contribution to deliver an adaptation approach that adequately responds to the immediate needs of, and future threats to, the most vulnerable developing countries and ecosystems. This can only be achieved if the agreement recognises that insufficient mitigation ambition directly increases adaptation needs as well as loss and damage.
CAN intervention on NWP, 5 June 2014
SBSTA also needs to make progress on the future activities of the Nairobi Work Programme. COP19 highlighted ecosystems; human settlements; water resources; and health as priority areas. All these are of crucial importance to the needs of the people and countries particularly vulnerable to climate change.
On ecosystems and water resources, the reports from previous expert meetings under the NWP in 2013 and 2012 provide important starting points for what to do next.
The recently released installments of the Fifth Assessment Report of the IPCC, the increasingly occurring extreme weather events and their devastating humanitarian impacts, and multiple studies clearly underline: the world community will fail in eliminating poverty and delivering on major sustainable development objectives without taking adequate action on all fronts - adaptation, mitigation, and increasingly loss and damage where mitigation and adaptation is not sufficient.
ECO has noted with pleasure that this week many Parties provided their initial views on the role of adaptation and loss and damage in the 2015 agreement. There’s no doubt whatsoever that these two elements are integral to the 2015 agreement. The agreement simply cannot ignore the growing evidence of how increasingly severe climate change impacts are eroding hard-won development gains due to the massive mitigation and adaptation gaps.
Entering its second year of work, last weeks 5th meeting of the Adaptation Committee (AC) marks a crossroad for the group. It either has to move full steam ahead providing value to the international response on adaptation or continue to get stuck in the doldrums.
Far from having the winds taken out of its sails, the AC achieved some important outcomes such as:
- The launch of the National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) Task Force which will bring different UNFCCC bodies together to support developing countries in formulating and implementing their NAPs and,
The sun is shining, the starting pistol has gone off, and the race for a draft negotiating text by Lima is on. As the Parties race towards the finish line, they’ll have to navigate the racecourse (otherwise known as the Convention) and the three key hurdles that they all face: contributions, contact groups and elements.
Thank you Co-Chairs,
I am speaking on behalf of Climate Action Network.
The ADP has three crucial tasks this week.
First: Ambition, ambition, ambition within finance and mitigation is key. The focus on renewable energy and energy efficiency under Workstream 2 is a positive start. Combined together, these areas have potential to decrease 5 Gt of the emissions gap and the UNFCCC process must produce specific actions to make that happen on the ground.