Learn about the ECA

Decision makers need facts to identify the most cost-effective adaptation measures for their communities. Our joint report, by the Economics of Climate Adaptation Working Group, Shaping climate-resilient development: a framework for decision-making, gives them the tools they need to make the best decisions.

What is the potential climate-related loss to our economies and societies over the coming decades? How much of that loss can we avert, and with what measures? What investment will be required to fund those measures - and will the benefits of that investment outweigh the costs?

The methodology used in the Economics of Climate Adaptation (ECA) Working Group's Shaping climate-resilient development: a framework for decision-making provides society's decision makers with a fact base to answer these questions in a systematic way. It helps them understand the impact of climate change on their economies - and identify actions to minimise that impact at the lowest cost to society.

The data helps decision makers to integrate climate adaptation with economic development and sustainable growth. With case studies in more than 20 different regions around the globe, ranging from Maharashtra in India to Florida and Northern England, results show that up to 65% of expected loss from climate change can be averted using cost-effective adaptation measures.

The ECA Working Group is a partnership between the Global Environment Facility, McKinsey & Company, the Rockefeller Foundation, ClimateWorks Foundation, the European Commission, Standard Chartered Bank and Swiss Re.

Download Shaping climate-resilient development: a framework for decision-making to learn more.

Published 10 November 2015


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