Launch of the Adaptation Good Practice (AGP) Checklist is setting the scene for effective implementation of the Paris Agreement
At COP22 countries must focus on converting the ambitious goals of the Paris Agreement into practical reality by agreeing on concrete actions to put countries on a path towards low carbon, climate resilient development. This includes taking serious steps to implement nationally determined contributions (NDCs) on both mitigation and adaptation, and enhance action over time.
With an increased focus on implementation, this year’s COP provides an opportune moment to launch the Adaptation Good Practice (AGP) checklist. The AGP Checklist is a set of 9 practices with accompanying criteria as well as a scoring system to provide guidance on adaptation actions and decisions with the aim of ensuring quality, impactful, and long-term climate resilience for the most vulnerable people.
The AGP checklist was officially launched on Tuesday 8th November at COP22 in Marrakech. It was discussed again on Wednesday morning at a side event held in collaboration with the Kenyan Government, this time making the link between good practice, national policy, and adaptation finance. Panelists and participants at the event[i] explored questions on successful adaptation and the transformations needed at multiple levels for adaptation to result in climate resilient development.
The checklist fills a gap in the guidance for National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) and adaptation finance, and provides a one stop shop to assess quality and comprehensiveness of an adaptation initiative or proposal. It makes the link between the conceptual guidance provided in Article 7 of the Paris Agreement and the wealth of detailed practical tools and approaches.
The nine practices contained in the AGP checklist define a range of activity areas that are needed for successful adaptation to climate change. The discussions arising from the 100 plus people attending the launch and side event, endorsed the value of a checklist as a support to adaptation quality assurance and effectiveness. Some insights emerged for future transformations – firstly, moving away from top down donor driven programming to enable decision making and finance at a relevant local level, which is integrated into mainstream processes.
Panelists agreed that we need to ensure that finance is allocated for developing systems and new platforms for learning, adaptive capacity strengthening and inclusive decision making processes which work at scale and are flexible to uncertainty and changing conditions. Wangare Kirumba, from the Kenya NIE, summed this up, when she said “adaptation is a continuous process of supporting decisions over time, which calls for shorter and more frequent decision making to response cycles.” She confirmed that adaptation finance is open to new thinking towards financing processes as well as incorporating flexibility in relation to concrete outcomes.
CARE’s Adaptation Learning Programme for Africa (ALP) with support from the Africa Centre for Technology Studies (ACTs), the Government of Kenya and the Climate Change, and CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).
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[i] Panelists came from the Kenya government climate change directorate, the national environment management authority and accredited National Implementing Entity (NIE) for both the Adaptation Fund and Green Climate Fund as well as from ALP.