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Developing guidance on managing transboundary climate risks in adaptation and sectoral planning


Written by Sarah Opitz-Stapleton, Courtney Lindsay

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There is a critical need to develop guidance for incorporating transboundary climate risks (TCARs), including adaptation and mitigation risks, within climate policy and planning processes.  This report by the Adaptation Without Borders partnership, co-founded by ODI, provides some practical steps on how this can be done.

The Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG), established in 2001 under the UNFCCC, developed the 2012 Technical Guidelines for the National Adaptation Plan Process for countries looking to embark on the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process. A major challenge remains, however, in recognising and managing TCARs within national planning processes.

This document is a concept note presenting a process for moving from prototype to fully operational (and widely deployed) guidance on mainstreaming TCARs within policy and practice that is in line with, and in support of, existing UNFCCC NAP, Nationally Determined Contributions and long-term strategies guidance. It does this by offering four key considerations for developing credible and salient guidance to manage transboundary climate risks, including the need for an iterative and multi-step process, the need for a dedicated champion to drive it, and the need for collaboration between developers of the guidance, those who will deliver it, and the end users. 

Authors: Sarah Opitz-Stapleton, Ariadna Ansimov, Courtney Lindsay