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Brief history to the current adaptation agenda

Many important decisions and activities have taken place in the development of the current adaptation agenda under the UNFCCC.

At COP 7 (2001), Parties adopted pdf-icon Decision 5/CP.7. This elaborated activities to implement Article 4.8 and 4.9 of the Convention. It included the establishment of the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Work Programme.

At COP 10 (2004) Parties adopted pdf-icon Decision 1/CP.10 (taking into account activities under pdf-icon Decision 5/CP.7).  This included provisions, within the Buenos Aires programme of work, to respond to the adverse effects of climate change as referred to in Article 4 of the Convention.

Activities under these decisions generated an important knowledge base on impacts and vulnerabilities and adaptation practices, gaps and needs, which led to the development of the current workstreams and groups & committees.

Key activities on adaptation under Decision 1/CP.10


The SBI mandated a workshop to identify challenges and gaps in the implementation of risk management approaches to the adverse effects of climate change



A series of workshops in Africa, Asia, Latin and Central America and an expert meeting in Small island developing States (SIDS) facilitated information exchange and integrated assessments to assist Parties in identifying adaptation needs and concerns

The outcomes are described in a synthesis report, and in the publication: pdf-icon Climate change: Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation in Developing Countries



Relevant information


Workshops and meetings

Publications and reports
Report of the workshop on risk management approaches, held in Lima, Peru, 10-12 October 2011.