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Climate Change

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 6 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department (a) has taken and (b) intends to take by (i) 2012 and (ii) 2020 in relation to adaptation to the effects of climate change as they affect his Departmental responsibilities; and if he will make a statement. (165577)

The Department for International Development has helped developing countries prepare for the impacts of climate change through a £20 million contribution to UN funds for developing adaptation strategies and piloting adaptation projects. We have carried out climate risk assessments of our own programmes in China, India, Bangladesh and Kenya. We have also committed £5 million for climate information on Africa and £74 million for climate adaptation research to build knowledge on how best to respond to climate change impacts in developing countries.

We are also working closely with the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and other government departments to jointly influence the international negotiations on climate change. This is to ensure that there is agreement in the post-2012 framework on international adaptation: what is needed, who will do what and how it will be financed. We are also working to ensure that adaptation will be sufficiently and effectively financed through the international system post-2012 by analysing needs and possible sources of finance, and developing pilot approaches for financing adaptation in countries susceptible to the effects of climate change.