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New practical guide helps countries report on adaptation through the Biennial Transparency Report

23 September 2020

With the way countries report on adaptation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) set to change, a new guide published today provides technical experts responsible for producing the adaptation section of their country’s Biennial Transparency Report (BTR) with a practical and easy-to-follow interpretation.

The guide, Reporting adaptation through the biennial transparency report: A practical explanation of the guidance which was developed from the Initiative for Climate Action Transparency’s (ICAT) work on adaptation together with UNEP DTU Partnership, will help those working for national governments to understand what the guidelines mean in practice and how they could tangibly translate into the reports that they will need to produce in the coming years. In addition to this, the guide also provides readers with an overview of the new instrument landscape for communicating and reporting on adaptation under the Paris Agreement and UNFCCC.

With the adoption of the Paris Agreement in 2015, countries have agreed to significantly enhance the scope, quality, and frequency of their adaptation reporting. As part of this development, as of 2024, countries will be expected to undertake their national adaptation reporting via the BTR, a new reporting-instrument that will be submitted by countries to the UNFCCC every two years to report on the progress countries are making towards all the goals of the Paris Agreement.

To view the guide, please click here.


Time: 15:00 to 16:30 CEST | 09:00 to 10:30 ET

Date: 7th October 2020

Register: Click here

This webinar will provide participants with the opportunity to learn what national reporting of adaptation will look like in the BTR and how the introduction of this new UNFCCC report will change how countries report on adaptation going forwards. Specifically, the panel of speakers will discuss how the BTR fits into the UNFCCC’s landscape of planning and reporting instruments, what its role in this landscape is, and what information related to adaptation countries are expected to include in their BTR reports.

Webinar speakers

  • Thomas W. Dale | Programme Associate | UNEP DTU Partnership
  • Dr. Henning Wuester | ICAT Director | ICAT
  • Henry Neufeldt | Head of Impact Assessment and Adaptation Analysis | UNEP DTU Partnership
  • Veronica Ndetu | Head of the Climate Change Unit | Ministry of Agriculture, Government of Kenya
  • Rosalia Duval | Head of the Department for Adaptation | Government of the Dominican Republic
  • Anil Markandya | Adaptation Expert | Basque Centre for Climate Change



New practical guide helps countries report on adaptation through the Biennial Transparency Report