Economics of climate change adaptation in least developed countries

Project
Archived
2008-2009 (Phase 1 preparation) 2009-2011 (Phase 2)

This project aims to build capacity in the least developed countries (LDCs) in the economic analysis of climate change to inform policymaking. Robust analyses of the impacts of climate change impacts and the costs and benefits of climate change adaptation at local and national levels will be undertaken to feed into local and national policy-making and negotiating positions.

The IPCC has identified the least developed countries (LDCs) as those that will be most affected by climate change because of their current low adaptive capacity. The dependence of these countries on climate-sensitive sectors  such as agriculture, makes their economies – and the livelihoods of poor people – especially vulnerable to climate change impacts.

Adaptation will be a key response to unavoidable climate change in LDCs, but will only be successfully achieved at a significant cost. The costs and benefits of adaptation need to be built into the policy and planning processes of the LDCs, and supported in local community practices. LDC policy makers and negotiators need home-grown data to make substantive arguments at global fora and to guide appropriate domestic policy making. But there is a lack of economic data specific to LDCs on climate change, and adaptation in particular.

This project aims to carry out the first phase of a major programme of collaborative economic research and capacity-building, looking at  the costs of climate change impacts and the costs and benefits of adaptation in 12 LDCs.

What IIED is doing?

To address the gaps in data on costs and benefits, the Climate Change research group and the Environmental Economics Programme are starting a major programme of work with partners in the LDCs.  This aims to build capacity in conducting economic analysis of climate change and feed the resulting information into local and national policy-making and negotiating positions.

The project will build on the well established Capacity Strengthening in Least Developed Countries for Adaptation to Climate Change (CLACC) network.  We will form a network of LDC economists  and support them in undertaking robust economic analyses of climate change impacts and climate change adaptation at local and national levels. This work will also incorporate analysis of non-market impacts of climate change and adaptation. 

In the first phase we are forming a network, supporting local economists in a review of available data and selection of appropriate methodologies and developing a detailed proposal for funding in the second phase.

Additional resources

Climate change adaptation in developing countries: issues and perspectives for economic analysis, Muyeye Chambwera, Jesper Stage (2010), IIED Discussion Paper

Donors

The Innovation Fund - funding from frame donors for innovative work

Cross-cut frame donor funding

Partners

All partners belong to the CLACC network.

Bangladesh Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS) 
Nepal Local Initiatives for Biodiversity Research and Development (LI-BIRD)
Senegal Environmental Development Action in the Third World (ENDA)
Malawi Coordination Unit for the Rehabilitation of the Environment (CURE)
Zambia Energy and Environmental Concerns for Zambia (EECZ)
Sudan Sudanese Environment Conservation Society (SECS)
Uganda Development Network for Indigenous Voluntary Association (DENIVA)

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