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National Climate Change Adaptation

Emerging Practices in Monitoring and Evaluation

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Developing countries are increasingly moving towards more strategic national policies and plans, the effectiveness of which will depend upon proper assessment of a given country’s vulnerability to climate change. This report draws upon emerging monitoring and evaluation practices across developed and developing countries to identify four tools that countries can draw upon in their own assessment frameworks: 1) climate change risk and vulnerability assessments, 2) indicators to monitor progress on adaptation priorities, 3) project and programme evaluations to identify effective adaptation approaches, and 4) national audits and climate expenditure reviews.

The appropriate mix of tools to monitor and evaluate national climate-change adaptation will to a large extent be determined by data availability, monitoring and evaluation capacity, and the ability to bring together the producers and the users of relevant climate information. The report also examines how development co-operation providers can support partner countries in their efforts to monitor and evaluate adaptation.

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Measures and actions in France's national adaptation plan

The French National Adaptation Strategy, adopted in 2006, marked the beginning of the government’s focus on adaptation. The Strategy identifies four overarching goals to be considered in national planning processes: i) to protect people and property from the effects of climate change by enhancing safety and public health; ii) to take social considerations into account and to avoid inequality in the exposure to climate risks; iii) to limit the costs linked to the effects of climate change and to exploit possible opportunities; and iv) to preserve French natural heritage.

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