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Economic diversification
 

Promoting understanding and the development and dissemination of measures, methodologies and tools including for economic diversification aimed at increasing economic resilience and reducing reliance on vulnerable economic sectors, especially for relevant categories of countries listed in Article 4, paragraph 8, of the Convention

Economic diversification is generally taken as the process in which a growing range of economic outputs is produced. It can also refer to the diversification of markets for exports or the diversification of income sources away from domestic economic activities (i.e. income from overseas investment).

Economic diversification in its standard usage, either in terms of the diversity of economic activities or markets, is a significant issue for many developing countries, as their economies are generally characterized by the lack of it. They have traditionally relied heavily on the production of primary commodities that are predominantly vulnerable to climate variability and change.

Activities and deliverables under the second phase (2008–2010) include:

  • Submissions (availale in document FCCC/SBSTA/2009/MISC.6) by Parties and relevant organizations on additional information on examples of measures, methodologies and tools on increasing economic resilience to climate change and reducing reliance on vulnerable economic sectors, including through economic diversification (by 20 March 2009).
  • Technical workshop on increasing economic resilience to climate change and reducing reliance on vulnerable economic sectors, including through economic diversification (requested by the SBSTA before its thirtieth session, June 2009)

Activities and deliverables under the first phase (up to June 2008) included:

  • Submissions by Parties and relevant organizations
  • Synthesis report based on the information contained in the submissions


Work in the area of economic diversification can contribute to efforts by Parties and organizations to:

 
  1. Exchange experiences and opportunities on the development and dissemination of measures, methodologies and tools aimed at increasing economic resilience;
  2. Exchange experiences and lessons learned in economic diversification, including ways to develop institutional capacity, and improve understanding on how economic diversification can be integrated into sustainable development plans, especially those that promote sustainable economic growth and eradication of poverty.


 
Details of activities and deliverables under the first phase

The SBSTA invited Parties and relevant organizations to submit to the secretariat, by 17 August 2007, information on examples of measures, methodologies and tools to increase the economic resilience of, and reduce reliance on, vulnerable sectors.

Submissions were received from five Parties (Bolivia, Japan, New Zealand, Portugal on behalf of the European Community and Saudi Arabia). Submissions were also received from two organizations: the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and one non-governmental organization, namely the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). The submissions can be accessed below.

FCCC/SBSTA/2007/MISC.15 and Add.1
Information on economic diversification. Submissions from Parties.

FCCC/SBSTA/2007/MISC.16
Information on economic diversification. Submissions from relevant organizations.  

pdf-icon Submission from an admitted non-governmental organization (25 kB)

Synthesis report

The SBSTA also requested the secretariat to prepare a synthesis report based on the submissions, wich can be found below:

FCCC/SBSTA/2007/14
Synthesis of information on economic diversification submitted by Parties and relevant organizations. Note by the secretariat.

 

 

Progress on implementation

Technical workshop on increasing economic resilience to climate change and reducing reliance on vulnerable economic sectors Cairo, Egypt, 28–30 April 2009

pdf-icon Leaflet
on economic diversification

 
Relevant information
UNFCCC workshop on Economic Diversification
Tehran, Iran, 18–19 October 2003 
 

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