Countries fall short in climate adaptation funds
The paper, published by the International Institute for Environment and Development, calculates that between 11 and 15.9 percent of the so-called "fast-start" climate funding pledged as part of last year's U.N. talks in Copenhagen are focused on adaptation efforts. These pledges, which are supposed to be delivered between 2010 and 2012, total about $30 billion.
The institute's Achala Chandani, who co-authored the analysis, said industrialized countries promised that the money would be "balanced between funding for mitigation and adaptation projects. Our research shows that the developed countries have failed to meet their responsibility to help poorer nations."
The issue of climate financing -- how much money industrialized countries will give to poor ones, and how it will be disbursed, will be central at the upcoming U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations in Cancun, which will begin Nov. 29. David Ciplet, a Brown University researcher who co-authored the paper, said: "The big promises for adaptation funding made at Copenhagen are not being met. Rather, a fragmented non-system for deciding what counts as adaptation funding is forming, and there is no way to truly measure whether the promises are being met."
But Angela Anderson, program director for the U.S. Climate Action Network, said in a telephone news conference Wednesday that the short-term financial pledge should be "viewed as a learning opportunity" that will have to be refined over time, adding it "was really an important gesture to demonstrate to all the parties, particularly the developing countries, that the developed countries are willing to do what it takes to meet the immediate needs of countries that are most severely impacted by climate change."
Negotiators at Cancun, she said, will have to focus on "how they set up a system to make sure adaptation gets the kind of support that it really needs and deserves."
Jake Schmidt, international climate policy director for the Natural Resources Defense Council, said during the same call that advocacy groups such as his will monitor whether "these pledges are turning into real cash" and if "they're actually delivering tangible benefits on the ground."
| November 17, 2010; 10:54 AM ET
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