Since 1992, various processes have been launched in the wake of UNFCCC requiring the elaboration of precise documents quantifying adaptation efforts (National Communications for non Annex I countries in the UNFCCC, National Adaptation Programmes of Action =NAPA, National Adaptation Plans -NAP , Nationally Dertemined Contributions -NDCs)
Special funds have also been established to finance adaptation efforts, like the entirely dedicated Adaptation Fund or the Green Climate Fund seeking to ultimately finance adaptation at equal parity with greenhouse gas emissions reduction.
To satisfactorily quantify adaptation progress for each of these documents, to evaluate the costs of adaptation needs or to measure success or failure of adaptation intervention, appropriate Monitoring & Evaluation systems have to be designed, based on reliable adaptation metrics.
It was estimated that before 2016, Adaptation received worldwide barely 6% of global climate
finance and 17% of public climate finance, and even if these financial resources were scarce, the little that existed struggled to get mobilized.
The main reason given for non-sufficient mobilization of finance lied in the difficulty to quantify adaptation, underlying the lack of consensus on adaptation metrics.
The Moroccan Presidency of COP 22 made thus a priority of facilitating finance for adaptation, especially in Africa, and from this perspective it organized a first international conference on adaptation metrics in Skhirate, Morocco, in 2016, that was followed by two more dedicated conferences held in Beguerir, Morocco in 2017 and 2018.
Following this conference cycle, an international brainstorming workshop was held in Salé, Morocco, on November 22, 2019, resulting in a mission statement calling for the creation of a dedicated platform on adaptation metrics.
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The “International Platform on Adaptation Metrics” (IPAM) was launched in May 2020, by four founding members, to respond to the call of the participants to the international workshop held on November 22, 2019, in Morocco, on the topic of adaptation metrics. This meeting was the last of a series of four international meetings on adaptation metrics, organized under the impetus of the Moroccan Presidency of CoP22, from 2016 to 2019 in Morocco. These meetings put together an international community of practitioners from various economic sectors, international organizations, civil society, bilateral and multilateral donors, research & development institutions, and agencies of the United Nations system.
IPAM founding members are : the AAA Initiative Foundation, the African Scientific Research and Innovation Council, The Higher Ground Foundation, and the Basque Center for Climate Change. A fifth founding member, the University Mohammed VI Polytechnics, joined IPAM on October 2020
IPAM aims to become an international reference platform for adaptation metrics, across scales and sectors, and to co-develop metrics and tools going beyond the state of the art to respond to emerging adaptation needs. IPAM seeks also to create synergies among its members to refine and advance concepts in science, governance, management, project monitoring & evaluation, communication, capacity building and climate finance.
All IPAM decisions are governed by a steering committee, which is the high-level body that provides strategic direction and priorities to achieve IPAM’s objectives. It is composed of elected representatives of Institutional Members. During the first year of the IPAM, an interim Steering Committee is in place, composed of the founding members of IPAM.
Any legal entity, i.e. regional or international organizations, research or development institutions, funders, donors, banks, public or private entities could be invited as observers to the Steering Committee meetings upon agreement.
The Adaptation of African Agriculture to climate change Initiative (AAA Initiative) was launched during COP22 with objective of contributing to food security in Africa in the context of climate change. By the mandate of the African Union, it is in charge of coordinating the implementation of Africa's agriculture response to climate change.
The African Scientific Research and Innovation Council (ASRIC) has been established as a specialized Technical Advisory Body to the African Union. The ASRIC promotes scientific research and innovation in order to address the challenges of Africa’s socio-economic development. It also mobilizes African research excellence and provides a platform for dialogue among African scientists and serves as a voice of the scientific community in building and sustaining continental research and innovation nexus.
The Higher Ground Foundation (HGF) is an initiative dedicated to encouraging climate transparent and effective climate adaptation practices and investments that further support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. It created, manages and promotes the climate Vulnerability Reduction Credit (VRC™) Standard Framework methodologies, project registrations, and certificate issuances.
The Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) is an Excellence Research Centre based in the Basque Country (Spain). Created in 2008, BC3´s mission is to strategically foster co-production of knowledge relevant to decision making by integrating environmental, socioeconomic and ethical dimensions of climate change.