The Climate Resilient Development (CRD) Programme works towards three focus areas that are directly related to the overall objective of strengthening the climate resilience of developing countries. Following the general approach of UNEP DTU Partnership, efforts under each of the three below stated focus areas include three common components: research & analysis, capacity building & technical support, and policy support.

1. Strengthening the diffusion and uptake of technologies for adaptation
Technologies figure prominently in the Paris Agreement and are considered key for developing countries in meeting the targets set in their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Technologies for adaptation is a key priority area for the CRD Programme, as demonstrated by the strong involvement in various projects on technologies for adaptation. A key focus area of the CRD Programme is methodological development of approaches on how to measure impacts of technologies and their contribution to reach national targets. The CRD Programme is heavily involved in the implementation of the Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) project in 62 countries and provides extensive support to the implementation and operation of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN). Combining hands-on country level experience with research and methodology development, the CRD Programme has established itself as a key global player within the field, a role that is expected to be further strengthened through the recent signing of a MoU with the UNFCCC Secretariat on addressing the needs of developing countries in mitigation and adaptation technologies.

2. Supporting climate compatible development planning, implementation and evaluation
Achieving sustainable development under conditions of climate change will require crosscutting approaches and action at all levels, from policy/planning levels to concrete activities and investments to increase climate resilience. For more than a decade the CRD Programme has been actively engaged in mainstreaming of climate change into planning and decision making processes in developing countries through climate risk screening projects, analytical work, hands-on tools, and guidance products. Recently, e.g., the CRD Programme has supported the development of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) ahead of COP21 in Paris and will continue to be engaged in the follow up on the NDC process in the years to come. The CRD Programme continues to be involved in the development of key science-based assessments for the climate negotiation process through the annual Gap reports for both mitigation and adaptation. As a new focus area, the CRD Programme is currently pursuing mitigation, adaptation and sustainable development jointly and is building capacity to monitor, evaluate and ‘measure’ adaptation. The expertise and strong networks built in many developing countries make the CRD Programme a natural partner for continuing the strengthening of climate compatible development in the developing world.

3. Engaging private sector in climate resilience
Successful achievement of global adaptation goals will require massive investments in the coming years - investments that are greatly beyond what can realistically be realized through public funding. There is, therefore, growing political consensus that successful scaling of adaptation requires the engagement of the private sector and the CRD Programme is actively involved in facilitating such engagement. This takes place both at the global level, through methodology development and analysis of emerging good practice, and at the national level through country support, through the ADMIRE project, to developing models for sustainable finance such as public-private partnerships. The CRD Programme is also supporting the UN Environment, UNFCCC and UN Global Compact’s 'Caring for Climate' Business Initiative.




18 APRIL 2019