Measurement is required to take effective action. The truism “what gets measured gets done” is critical in reducing climate-related risks and identifying and capturing opportunities. But with climate adaptation and resilience, there is no consensus yet on appropriate metrics. Mitigation metrics mainly relate to CO2 emissions avoided, a straightforward and well-understood concept. Adaptation is context-specific and more complex, and so are adaptation metrics. How then should adaptation success be measured by your organization?

The Adaptation Metrics workshop offers a comprehensive overview of the issues, challenges, and approaches used in selecting and deploying appropriate adaptation metrics. The workshop provides an overview of typical climate adaptation data sources, their use and importance, and how they may be used to establish benchmarks, targets, and goals to achieve beneficial outcomes.

The workshop is a comprehensive, detailed presentation, designed by Karl Schultz, an expert in climate adaptation economics and finance and climate vulnerability reduction monitoring and evaluation, and Chair of the International Platform on Adaptation Metrics (IPAM).

Workshop takeaways
• Purposes and value of adaption metrics
• Challenges and ways of understanding what matters
• Alternative monitoring and evaluation approaches, metrics, and indices
• Applicability of metrics for projects, investment, and policies
• Trends and future landscape of metrics – aggregated metrics, techniques and tools, metrics initiatives, the search for a unified metric.

Metrics for adaptation are needed to compare adaptation results between programs, projects and activities.

Specific metrics can assess vulnerability, risk, resilience or climate impacts; track implementation of adaptive responses; monitor and measure adaptation progress; enhance project efficiency; and better allocate investment.

Adaptation solutions and instruments at all scales for projects, policies and finance

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This multimedia workshop requires active participation in the live session and in pre- and post-workshop activities.

It is a complete program available for immediate use upon commitment by the participant. The goal is to convey information that can be translated into actionable plans as efficiently as possible.

The workshop package includes a 2 1/2 hour live session; a pre-event component (recommended background materials, a short exercise and a brief survey); and a post-workshop follow-up
component (involving continued online dialogue with all attendees on the Adaptation Leader collaboration platform).

Workshop attendees should expect to take quizzes, do role-playing, and contribute to case study discussions.