The state of climate change adaptation legislation and policy: a global analysis of national laws and policies

16:15 Tuesday 28 May

SS013 • OC073

Room S2


Michal Nachmany (United Kingdom) 1; Swenja Surminski (United Kingdom) 2; Sam Fankhauser (United Kingdom) 2

1 - Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment - LSE; 2 - The Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment - LSE

The Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics has been documenting and analysing trends in climate change legislation and policies since 2010. For the first time, we will be performing a detailed analysis of climate change adaptation related laws and policies globally (198 countries), aiming to document trends and identify gaps in adaptation governance worldwide. The analysis will use this unique source of primary data, covering more than 500 climate adaptation laws and policies globally – both those that explicitly address adaptation, and those laws and policies from adjacent policy realms that have high relevance to climate adaptation, such as disaster risk management or flood resilience.

The analysis will systematically document policy and governance elements manifested in national laws, policies, plans and strategies addressing adaptation. This includes examining: which climate hazards the laws and policies address; which sectors they cover; which institutions they mandate and which policy instruments they put in place. This analysis will contribute to the understanding of the complex legal and policy landscape that governs adaptation efforts, and lay the foundations for assessing countries’ national responses against the climate challenges they face.

In addition to presenting the findings of our analysis, we will present the online, open-access, searchable database featuring the underlying data, which will serve the community of adaptation researchers and practitioners in assessing progress and shaping future policy pathways.