GEF STAP Recommends Including Adaptation in Mitigation Projects

© GEF22 June 2009: The Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) has submitted to the GEF Council, which is meeting from 22-24 June 2009, in Washington DC, US, a series of “Recommendations for Improved Science and Technology Guidance in the GEF.”

The recommendations provide, inter alia, that “all mitigation projects and also, as appropriate, GEF strategies should incorporate climate adaptation measures, thus promoting mitigation-adaptation synergies as recommended by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).”

The GEF STAP further advises that the added value of the GEF could be increased through attention to a whole landscape approach regarding natural resource and chemicals life cycle management that critically applies risk assessment to its proposed actions in order to maximize resilience (adaptation) to climate change while investing in mitigation. [GEF STAP Recommendations]