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Technical Expert Meeting on Adaptation

The technical examination process on adaptation (TEP-A) was established at COP 21 as part of the enhanced action prior to 2020 in the decision adopting the Paris Agreement. The TEP-A will seek to identify concrete opportunities for strengthening resilience, reducing vulnerabilities, and increasing the understanding and implementation of adaptation actions. The process is organized by the SBSTA and SBI and conducted by the Adaptation Committee (AC). Each year topics of particular relevance to Parties and non-Party stakeholders will be addressed.

The topic for the 2017 TEP-A is "Integrating climate change adaptation with the Sustainable Development Goals and the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction".

As part of the TEP-A, a technical expert meeting on adaptation (TEM-A) is being organized for SB 46, taking place on Tuesday 16th and Wednesday, 17th May respectively in  WCCB, Chamber Hall Plenary.

Agenda - Day 1: Tuesday, 16 May 2017

10:00 -– 10:10

  • Opening remarks
  • Presentation of the day and objectives by the moderator

10:10 – 11:15    Session 1: Setting the scene

  • Three panellists will address aspects of adaptation policy and planning in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)

11:30 – 13:00   Session 2: Linking adaptation planning and implementation with the SDGs and the Sendai Framework on DRR

Based on guiding questions, participants are to discuss challenges and opportunities, including opportunities for joint action, and identify at least 3 recommendations in three breakout groups, taking into account the SDGs and the goal and 7 targets of the Sendai Framework for DRR

Break-out groups

  • Break-out group I: Resilient ecosystems
  • Break-out group II: Resilient societies
  • Break-out group III: Resilient economies

15:00 – 15:45   Session 3: Reporting back from the breakout groups

15:45 – 16:45   Session 4: Specific integrated approaches to adaptation

  • Approach 1: Water-energy-food/agriculture nexus
  • Approach 2: Coastal zones and marine areas (oceans, water, food security, poverty reduction, transboundary issues)
  • Approach 3: Resilient cities (public health, water, food security)

16:45 – 17:00   Wrap-up day 1

  • Wrap-up and concluding remarks

Agenda - Day 2: Wednesday, 17 May 2017

10:00 – 10:10

  • Opening remarks
  • Recap day 1 and outline of morning session

10:10 – 11:30   Session 5: NAPs as a framework for creating linkages with the SDGs and the Sendai Framework

  • Presentation by the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG)
  • Panel discussion

11:45 – 13:00   Session 5 (continued):

Based on guiding questions, participants will continue to reflect in small groups focusing on challenges and opportunities offered by the NAPs and other national adaptation planning processes for linking the SDGs and the Sendai Framework for DRR, and each group will identify at least three recommendations

Break-out groups

  • Break-out group I: Focusing on how the NAPs can enable sector integration to reduce vulnerability and disaster risk, build resilience and advance sustainable development?
  • Break-out group II: Focusing on how the NAPs can enable linkages between national and sub-national development planning processes and strategies 

15:00 – 15:45   Session 6: Reporting back from breakout groups and discussions

15:45 – 16:45   Session 7: Identifying drivers of change, opportunities and options

  • Facilitated plenary discussion

16:45 – 17:00   Closing

  • Wrap-up and concluding remarks