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Adaptation Fund Head Mikko Ollikainen sits at conference table speaking
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Adaptation Fund: World is 'Very Far' from Adaptation Goals for Vulnerable Communities

The excitement around bringing “all fossil fuels” into climate talks for the first time overshadowed another crucial dimension of the climate crisis at the 28th Conference of Parties (COP28) summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates: adaptation.

Adaptation, or the necessary adjustment by communities and ecosystems to changing weather patterns and rising temperatures, was treated as “the poor cousin” of climate talks through the two-week summit but continues to be the bridge to building a more climate-resilient future.

Apart from the promise of “transitioning away” from fossil fuels in energy systems, the COP28 delivered on the Global Goal on Adaptation (GGA)—a target under the Paris Agreement comparable to the temperature goals of limiting global warming to 1.5 and 2 degrees Celsius. Because adaptation measures are so context-specific with no common indicators for progress, decisions on how to frame a universal goal for adaptation have been especially difficult.

This is a summary. Read the full article on Mongabay India.

This story was produced as part of the 2023 Climate Change Media Partnership, a journalism fellowship organized by Internews’ Earth Journalism Network and the Stanley Center for Peace and Security. It was first published on Mongabay India on December 15, 2023.

Banner image: Mikko Ollikainen, head of the Adaptation Fund / Credit: Matthew TenBruggencate for IISD/ENB via Mongabay India.