Investing $1.8 trillion globally from 2020 to 2030 in five areas of climate adaptation could yield up to $7.1 trillion in net benefits says the report by the Global Commission on Adaptation released today.

This discussion paper focuses on how, while many countries have made commitments or plans to integrate adaptation into their social and economic plans and policies, an “action gap” exists. A change in commitments and plans has not yet led to a significant difference in the way development is practiced in response to climate change impacts.

This discussion paper presents the main issues to be considered in an adaptation roadmap for agriculture, with a particular focus on developing countries.

This discussion paper frames climate adaptation as a development challenge, reviewing what is known about its costs and benefits and the obstacles that private and public decision-makers face to adapt to climate change.