Technologies for Adaptation: Innovation, Priorities and Needs in Agriculture, Water Resources and Coastal Zones: Technical Paper

UNFCCC Adaptation Committee
Posted on: 10/30/2023 - Updated on: 11/06/2023

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Established in 2010, the Adaptation Committee (AC) is the United Nations’ premier expert body addressing climate change adaptation. Its goal is to promote the implementation of enhanced action on adaptation in a coherent manner under the Convention and Paris Agreement.

In this technical paper the AC provides information on methodologies for assessing adaptation needs and their application related to action, finance, capacity building and technological support in the context of national adaptation planning and implementation, as well as on submissions from Parties and observer organizations.

This paper aims to provide an overview of planning and implementation of adaptation technologies in the areas of agriculture, water resources, and coastal zones, while also shedding light on associated cross-cutting topics and trends. It does so with the understanding that technologies represent one of many components of a comprehensive, effective, and equitable response to the challenge of climate change adaptation.

It contains key concepts and definitions, provides an overview of existing methodologies and related experience, analyses lessons learned, emerging good practices and gaps, and concludes with recommendations.


Technologies for adaptation: innovation, priorities and needs in agriculture, water resources and coastal zones - Technical paper. 2022. United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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UNFCCC stands for United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The Convention has near universal membership (198 Parties) and is the parent treaty of the 2015 Paris Agreement. The main aim of the Paris Agreement is to keep the global average temperature rise this century as close as possible to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The UNFCCC is also the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.

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