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Climate Change: Developing Countries

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made on the research project designed to help developing countries adapt to and plan for the consequences of climate change, announced at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change summit in December 2007; and if he will make a statement. (210348)

I have been asked to reply.

The UK and the Netherlands are funding research into the economics of adaptation, to build our understanding of the benefits and costs of adapting to climate change in developing countries. The research team has made good progress since December 2007. Six countries have been identified as possible case studies, and detailed discussions have so far taken place in Vietnam, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Bangladesh and Bolivia, with a visit to Ghana from the research team due shortly. All of these countries have welcomed the initiative and expressed their demand for such analysis.

We expect the first report from the research team next month. This will consist of a methodological and literature review. This report will be made publicly available. This will be the case for all interim reports produced in advance of the final study, which will be published towards the end of next year.