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Adaptation in the International Climate Negotiations: An Analysis of Some Issues for a Copenhagen Agreement

July 2009

Adaptation is one of the four pillars of the Bali Action Plan and will be a key component of any Copenhagen Agreement. The central issue that has been dominating debates on adaptation is how much it will cost and how developing countries could be assisted with their adaptation to climate change. Several studies put the cost of adaptation in developing countries in the region of several tens of billions of dollars annually. Developed countries have committed to assist developing countries that are particularly vulnerable to the effects on climate change with meeting the costs of adaptation.

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