The M&E of policies for Adaptation as a vector for the ambition of new NDCs

18th virtual exchange session of the Community of Practice for Climate Policy Monitoring and Evaluation.

On Thursday, October 1, the 18th virtual exchange meeting of the Community of Practice on Monitoring and Evaluation of Climate Policies (CoP M&E) took place, facilitated by the EUROCLIMA+ Programme, through the FIIAPP Foundation, and the LEDSLAC Platform, with the participation of 58 people with different functions in the Ministries of Environment, sectors, and planning, among others, from several countries of the Region.

This initiative was born in 2018 to address the need, identified in the countries of the Region, for robust, well-constructed and practical systems for the monitoring and evaluation of climate policies and their action plans. These systems are key pieces for improving the effectiveness and efficiency of adaptation and mitigation processes, incorporating new information and lessons learned, and also for verifying and reporting in a transparent manner on compliance with commitments made to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Paris Agreement and other multilateral agreements.

The session was dedicated to addressing methodological aspects of developing adaptation plans in the context of NDCs, with a view toward assessing whether the design and implementation of M&E systems can be a driver of ambition in the context of the Paris Agreement and its long-term objectives (long-term goal on adaptation). The aim was to contribute to the discussion on how strengthening M&E systems for adaptation can contribute to raising the ambition of the NDCs in line with the overall goal of adaptation.

Julio Cordano spoke. He is an active GRULAC member of the Adaptation Committee, MINREL Chile, who presented the latest advances in the development of indicators at the UNFCCC; Maritza Jadrievic, head of adaptation in the Climate Change Office of the Chilean Ministry of the Environment, presented the update of the NDC with a focus on the work done on adaptation indicators; and Daniela Villalta, from the Climate Change Directorate of Costa Rica, shared Costa Rica's experience in adapting its new NDC.

Julio Cordano stressed the importance of expressing the global adaptation goal in qualitative terms. He noted that the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (AdP) also sets the global adaptation target in terms of progress on mitigation. It is therefore a question of making progress in strengthening adaptive capacity, strengthening resilience, and reducing vulnerability, without seeking closed responses.

For her part, Maritza Jadrievic presented the update of the Chilean NDC, highlighting the identification of the most vulnerable sectors, using a systemic MRV approach and the dumping of information on a centralised platform. The indicators and their input are a fundamental source for measuring impact and therefore for advancing the ambition of adaptation measures.

For the case of Costa Rica and the definition of adaptation goals in the updated NDC, Daniela Villalta highlighted the contribution of the action Generation of regionalised climate change scenarios in Central America in the construction of the updated NDC and the process carried out in the definition of M&E for the National Adaptation Policy of Costa Rica, which has allowed for the evaluation of the 47 indicators currently used in monitoring adaptation.

Climate change is having severe impacts on large portions of Latin American territory, highlighting the importance of policies to reduce vulnerability and increase resilience associated with adaptation policies and plans. Their adequate monitoring and evaluation will, among other things, allow for a robust assessment of progress and adequate reporting to the international community.

About EUROCLIMA+    

EUROCLIMA+ is a programme financed by the European Union to promote environmentally sustainable and climate-resilient development in 18 Latin American countries, particularly for the benefit of the most vulnerable populations. The Programme is implemented under the synergistic work of seven agencies: the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), the French Development Agency (AFD), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), Expertise France (EF), the International and Ibero-American Foundation for Public Administration and Policy (FIIAPP), and UN Environment.


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