Foreword

Strengthening Climate Resilience: Guidance for Governments and Development Co-operation aims to support governments of developing countries and providers of development co-operation in strengthening the resilience of human and natural systems to the impacts of climate change. It highlights actions to be considered by different stakeholders across levels of governance, including government officials at national and sub-national levels, and providers of development co-operation. It may also provide insights to other development partners, including civil society organisations (CSOs) and private-sector actors.

The Guidance comprises four chapters:

  • Chapter 1 positions the Guidance within the current development and climate context and outlines the objectives, target audience and structure.

  • Chapter 2 presents three considerations to help ensure that planning and implementation of actions to enhance climate resilience also support broader sustainable development objectives: i) country ownership, ii) inclusiveness, and iii) environmental and social sustainability.

  • Chapter 3 highlights four mechanisms that can facilitate a focus on climate resilience in national and sub-national policy processes: i) governance, ii) sector-level approaches, iii) finance, and iv) monitoring, evaluation and learning.

  • Chapter 4 presents three enablers for strengthening climate resilience: i) data and information, ii) capacity, and iii) technologies.

This Guidance is not a planning tool. Instead, it highlights potential areas for actions through the mechanisms and enablers for strengthening climate resilience. It proposes areas for actions in the form of checklists. These checklists aim to help users navigate the Guidance. Two checklists at the end of the executive summary highlight action to be considered by i) governments and ii) providers of development co-operation. Chapters 3 and 4 contain more detailed, thematic checklists. The proposed areas for action build on the wealth of knowledge products (tools, guidelines and compilations of good practice) available. These knowledge products are summarised throughout chapters 3 and 4.

The Guidance is informed by a series of thematic studies, informed by seven case studies. The thematic studies provide nuanced analysis of approaches to strengthen climate resilience in different sectors or contexts. A digital version of the Guidance, including the thematic and case studies, is available on a dedicated online platform https://doi.org/10.1787/4b08b7be-en.

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