5 December, 2014

The Adaptation Gap Report 2014


Florent Baarsch

The report has been produced in response to requests by parties for an assessment on adaptation, complementary to the annual Emissions Gap report that UNEP has produced since 2010. The emissions gap reports serve as a sobering assessment of the gap between ambition and reality in relation to how nations are faring towards bringing emissions down to the levels required by 2020 to have a likely chance to keep global average temperature rise this century under 2° Celsius.

This first Adaptation Gap report provides an equally sobering assessment of the gap between adaptation needs and reality, based on preliminary thinking on how baselines, future goals or targets, and gaps between them might be defined for climate change adaptation. The report focuses on gaps in developing countries in three important areas: finance, technology and knowledge.