Monitoring Climate Action

Developing a comprehensive approach to monitoring climate change action for funds

Published: 18/11/2013

Climate change is a global issue which directly or indirectly affects all parts of the economy. Consequently, actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change need to be diverse and relate to all activities of the economy at different levels. This presents particular challenges for consistent and effective monitoring and reporting systems. In the past, complexities were often avoided by focusing monitoring on actions that directly relate to climate change and that can be directly measured. For instance, the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) only stipulates obligatory monitoring of direct emission reductions. More recently the focus has shifted towards monitoring of activities that not only lead to direct climate change mitigation or adaptation benefits but which may provide the basis for longer term transformational change towards low-emission and climate resilient societies.

Against this context this report summarises the work undertaken for the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA), which describes an exemplary monitoring system for a bilateral fund and identifies challenges that arise when setting up such systems. The work was carried out by a consortium consisting of Germanwatch, Ecofys and the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy.

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Climate Strategies and Policies