Virtual Peer Learning Summit | Addressing Climate Change Through Integrated Responses

Linking Adaptation and Mitigation

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The National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Global Network and the Low Emission Development Strategies Global Partnership, with assistance from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH’s Support for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement project, jointly hosted learning and capacity development activities in three sessions to support countries in designing and applying integrated approaches in their adaptation, mitigation, and development agendas.

Screenshot from Session 1: Frame the Issues.

The peer learning summit brought together representatives from a number of countries that have undertaken first steps towards integrated planning approaches. The objectives of these sessions were to:

  • Raise participants’ awareness and knowledge on the synergies and trade-offs of integrated adaptation, mitigation and sustainable development actions and how they may be addressed in planning processes.
  • Facilitate exchange of experiences on designing and implementing integrated climate-resilient pathways, identify common challenges and lessons learned as well as potential tools for application.
  • Co-create next steps that can be taken to strengthen strategies, planning processes and advance implementation of integrated climate strategies.

Through a facilitated exchange, participants had the opportunity to hear from experts and peers on designing and implementing integrated strategies, to learn from one another, and to reflect on their own processes. This enabled the identification of concrete next steps they can take to ensure that mitigation and adaptation planning processes are aligned and build on one another.

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New policy brief | Addressing Climate Change Through Integrated Responses: Linking adaptation and mitigation

For more information, this policy brief aims to increase the conceptual understanding, awareness, and knowledge of joint adaptation and mitigation actions and provide the rationale for fostering integrated actions that could create long-term impacts. It unpacks how to assess synergies and trade-offs as part of a coherent planning and implementation process and identifies concrete steps to advance and strengthen integrated climate strategies.

Session 1: Frame the Issues

May 4, 2021


In this session, we heard from international experts and practitioners about the benefits, potential linkages, synergies, and trade-offs of integration.

Invited speakers:

  • Catherine Gamper, Climate Change Adaptation Specialist, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
  • Crispin D'Auvergne, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management Coordinator, Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States
  • Cristina Rodriguez, Director of Adaptation to Climate Change and Desertification, Ministry of the Environment, Government of Peru






Session 2: Learn with Peers

May 18, 2021


For the second session, we looked at country examples of integrating mitigation and adaptation. Participants shared successes and challenges with peers in this practical peer learning workshop. 

Invited speakers:

  • Michael Hordofa Balcha, Senior Expert on Climate Change Mitigation, Environment, Forest and Climate Change Commission, Government of Ethiopia
  • Una May Gordon, Principal Director of Climate Change, Government of Jamaica
  • Fernando Camacho, General Director of Institutional Development and Promotion, National Commission of Natural Protected Areas, Government of Mexico
  • Dana Yermolyonok, National Advisor, International Climate Initiative Projects, GIZ Kazakhstan, Government of Germany






Session 3: Move to Action

September 24, 2021

For this third session, participants had the opportunity to hear from experts on designing and implementing integrated strategies. This session, taking place during Climate Week NYC 2021, specifically looks at assessing trade-offs and synergies, as well as integrating adaptation into long-term planning strategies.


Panel speakers include:

  • Neranda Maurice-George, Green Climate Fund
  • Florian Eickhold, Factor – Ideas for Change
  • Dana Yermolyonok, Programme Advisor, GIZ Kazakhstan
  • George Wamukoya, Lead Negotiator on Agriculture, African Group of Negotiators Experts Support (AGNES)
  • Diego Arguedas Ortiz, Climate Change Directorate, Government of Costa Rica
  • Mikaela Rambali, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)





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