Adaptation in the context of technology development and transfer

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    Starting from a summary of key developments under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) related to adaptation and technologies, the commentary provides an initial review of the available literature relevant to adaptation in the context of technology development and transfer. It summarizes what technologies for adaptation are, how they relate to development, and what their role is in adaptation. It subsequently highlights a number of policy and research issues that could be important to inform future policy. The commentary has two key messages. First, it argues that informed policy decisions on technology development and transfer to enhance adaptation require systematic assessments of the findings in the theoretical and empirical literature. Second, in light of the potential for overlap between processes for adaptation and processes for technologies for adaptation, there is a need for coordination and exchange of information between the work under the Cancun Adaptation Framework and under the Technology Mechanism of the UNFCCC.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalClimate Policy
    Issue number1
    Pages (from-to)163-169
    Number of pages7
    Publication statusPublished - 2015


    • Adaptation
    • Adaptive capacity
    • Climate change policies
    • Development
    • Technology transfer

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