Spending adaptation money wisely

  • Fankhauser S
  • Burton I
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Discussions about adaptation finance have largely concentrated on process: how money should be raised and how adaptation spending should be governed and monitored. This article seeks to move the focus of the debate towards the substance of adaptation by asking what ‘good adaptation’ in developing countries would look like. It is argued that the best use of funds in the short term may be for ‘soft’, less tangible developmental activities that increase adaptive capacity. Building a minimum level of adaptive capacity everywhere is central to efficient, effective and equitable adaptation, and yields immediate benefits irrespective of future climate regimes. A number of operational challenges in delivering this kind of adaptation are discussed, including a preoccupation with additionality – which makes the integration of adaptation and development harder – and a preference for ‘concrete’ and more readily visible adaptation projects. Although the question of whether and how the adaptation regime that is emergin...

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  • Adaptation finance
  • Climate change and development
  • Economic efficiency

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  • Samuel Fankhauser

  • Ian Burton

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