Key Results

Highlights of the CRD Programme's most recent achievements include the development of guidance and tools for assessing adaptation technologies, tools that have helped identify and prioritize technology needs in 36 countries under the Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) project, with 26 additional countries currently being supported through phase II. The immediate results of these assessments have been national action plans and concrete project proposals for implementing adaptation technologies and increasing the resilience of vulnerable people and assets.

The CRD programme has also coordinated UDPs engagement with the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), which has resulted in support to development of response plans in 14 countries. Seven of these, focussing on adaptation, are now in their implementation phase, supported by the CRD Programme. The experience and expertise built at UDP through these activities, have also led to the establishment of a MoU with UNFCCC to directly support the convention’s future work on facilitating technology transfer and implementation for adaptation.

The CRD Programme is acting as editor and secretariat for the preparation of the two UN Environment flagship reports on the 'Emissions Gap' and 'Adaptation Gap'. On an annual basis, these science-based assessments developed by leading experts globally explore the Gap between the ambition of the convention in regards to greenhouse gas emission reduction and adaptation, and compare them to actual decisions and actions of the global community. The reports have gained wide reputation as scientifically authoritative sources of timely and policy-relevant information to key decision-makers, informing the UNFCCC process, and – looking forward – the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

The ADMIRE project, jointly implemented by the CRD Programme and the LCD Programme at UNEP DTU Partnership, is supporting 6 projects focused on the active engagement of the private sector in the planning and implementation of adaptation actions in support of National Adaptation Plans. These ADMIRE projects provide practical examples of how private sector finance can become part of sustainable financial frameworks for adaptation. As there is wide agreement that private sector financing will be vital for achieving global adaptation goals, and since practical examples of such engagement are still relatively scarce, ADMIRE seeks to act as a catalyser for further action on this topic both globally and internally in UDP.

The activities in the CRD Programme lead to a significant number of publications in high-ranking international journals, book chapters, and peer-reviewed reports. Examples include: The Gap reports mentioned above, two recent articles on technologies in Climatic Change, a book chapter on 'Adaptation Technologies as Drivers of Social Development', and a technical report on estimating the cost and benefits of adaptation. Our researchers are regularly invited as expert speakers at international meetings, workshops and research conferences.

18 APRIL 2019