• Q&A: Mind the climate adaptation gap

    Lou Del Bello


At the UN’s COP 20 climate summit in Lima, Peru, advocates are pressing for adaptation to get the same amount of climate funding as mitigation. They also want adaptation to have a stronger presence in any legally binding agreement at next year’s COP 21 meeting in Paris, France.
In light of new figures from the UN Environment Programme that detail the financial cost of adapting to climate change, SciDev.Net talks to Mohamed Adow, senior climate change advisor of the NGO Christian Aid, about what is needed to meet developing countries’ needs for adaptation and in terms of aid for ‘loss and damage’ caused by climate change. He explains how the world can balance adaptation with other pressing development issues, offers examples where financial aid has failed to come through for adaptation and explains why a 50-50 split of funds between mitigation and adaptation is a feasible goal.​