Technical Examination Process on Adaptation (TEP-A)

Objective of the Technical Examination Process on Adaptation (TEP-A)

The Paris Agreement established the technical examination process on adaptation to promote enhanced action prior to 2020. The UNFCCC technical expert meetings (TEMs) on adaptation are at the core of this process. The TEP-A is taking place during 2016-2020 and its objective is to identify concrete opportunities for strengthening resilience, reducing vulnerabilities, and increasing the understanding and implementation of adaptation actions.

The four key functions of the TEP-A

(a) Facilitating the sharing of good practices, experiences and lessons learned;

(b) Promoting cooperative action on adaptation;

(c) Identifying actions, including actions that could enhance economic diversification and have mitigation co-benefits;

(d) Identifying opportunities to strengthen enabling environments and enhance the provision of support for adaptation in the context of specific policies, practices and actions.

The outcomes

The Technical Expert Meetings on Adaptation are organized jointly by the Subsidiary Bodies, the Adaptation Committee and guided by the High Level Climate Champions. It comprises annual technical expert meetings, an annual technical paper and an annual summary for policymakers . The summary for policymakers feeds into the annual high‐level event that builds on the Lima‐Paris Action Agenda and will be held in conjunction with the COP until 2020.

Outcomes of the 2017 assessment of the Technical Examination Process

COP 23 conducted the assessment of the Technical Examination Processes on Mitigation and Adaptation (TEP-A). In summary (for full text see decision 13/CP.23), it urged all stakeholders to focus the TEPs on specific policy options and opportunities for enhancing mitigation and adaptation that are actionable in the short term, including those with sustainable development co-benefits. With regard to the TEP-A, the Adaptation Committee (AC) is requested to consider the needs of Parties expressed in their NDCs, NAPs and national communications, to address all four functions of the TEP-A, and to include in its annual report to the COP recommendations on ways forward and necessary actions to be taken, based on the outcomes of the technical expert meetings (TEMs). It invited expert organizations, constituted bodies under the Convention and non-Party stakeholders to enhance their engagement in the TEPs. Furthermore, the COP invited Parties and non-Party stakeholders to organize regional TEMs and to provide their reports thereon to the secretariat as input to the TEPs. Lastly, the necessary continuity of and follow-up on the identified policy options and opportunities are to be ensured, including by informing the summaries for policy-makers, the high-level events and the 2018 Talanoa dialogue.

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