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NEWS: Call for evidence on long-term adaptation to climate change

The Least Developed Countries Group is inviting submissions on effective long-term adaptation to climate change. The submissions will contribute to a major new initiative that seeks to develop a long-term vision for climate resilience up to 2050.

The Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group at the UN climate negotiations has launched a project that will develop and articulate the group’s long-term vision for climate change adaptation and resilience up to the middle of this century. The LDC Initiative for Effective Long-term Adaptation (LIFE-AR) will draw on evidence about effective long-term climate adaptation from around the globe.

The LDC Group is inviting organisations and governments to submit evidence on programmes, interventions and approaches that deliver long-term effective adaptation and resilience. This evidence will help the LDC Group understand different opportunities and models for long-term adaptation, and analyse interventions and investments that could contribute to lasting climate resilient development in the LDCs. Ultimately submissions will contribute to the LDC Group’s long-term vision of climate resilience up to 2050.

LDC Group chair Gebru Jember Endalew said: “The LDCs are already experiencing devastating and increasing climate change impacts. Our nations face an unprecedented challenge to our future development. The LDC Initiative for Effective Long-term Adaptation will help us to develop a vision for how we can address this challenge.
“We are particularly interested to learn about programmes and approaches that can deliver far-reaching results over the long term. This evidence will help us to establish a vision for adaptation that can deliver a climate resilient future by 2050.”

About submissions

The deadline for submissions is 1 December 2018.

The LDCs will welcome evidence from the widest possible range of organisations, such as governments (including the LDCs, middle income countries, the global North), multilateral development banks, international climate funds, donors, implementing agencies (NGOs, civil society), research organisations, universities and/or the private sector.
The research is particularly looking for initiatives that can work at scale and over the long term, and which are socially just, participatory and locally driven.
Evidence can be presented in the form of project or programme documents, evaluations, case studies or research papers.

A group of frontrunner countries in the LDC Group and a technical advisory group will deliberate on the evidence to develop a vision and plan to shift investment and finance flows towards efforts that support effective, long-term adaptation.

About the LIFE-AR initiative

The Least Developed Countries are 47 nations that are especially vulnerable to climate change but have done the least to cause the problem. Many of these countries are already experiencing increasingly severe climate change impacts.

The LIFE-AR programme aims to help the world’s poorest countries to adapt to climate change and build a climate-resilient future for their citizens. The initiative will:
1. Review, analyse and deliberate on evidence on long-term adaptation and resilience interventions from around the world, and
2. Deliver an LDC long-term vision for adapting towards a climate resilient future by 2050.

The vision will be used to inform national climate plans and prioritise investments. This will help build an approach that goes beyond short term ad-hoc actions, to one that is delivered through strengthening national capabilities. The group will use this evidence-based vision to secure long-term commitments for strategic, predictable and sustained investments beyond 2020, addressing gaps and enabling effective adaptation for a resilient future.

IIED is working with the LDC Group to support the development of the LDC vision and will review and analyse the evidence on effective adaptation and resilience interventions.

How to submit your project

Contact: Please email your submission to dave.steinbach@iied.org

Format: You can present evidence in the form of project or programme documents, evaluations, case studies, research papers. Where possible, we would like to receive internal evaluations or project documents as well.

Please accompany your submission with a short paragraph explaining why you feel the intervention has high potential for long-term, effective adaptation to climate change. All submissions must include a contact email address that we can use to follow up for more information.

Deadline: 1 December, 2018.

For more information, email sarah.mcivor@iied.org in IIED’s Climate Change research group.

 

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