Integrating adaptation into social and economic development: Insights from some "early movers"

This discussion paper focuses on how, while many countries have made commitments or plans to integrate adaptation into their social and economic plans and policies, an “action gap” exists. A change in commitments and plans has not yet led to a significant difference in the way development is practiced in response to climate change impacts. The paper examines the reasons for this action gap. Based on insights from five “early movers”—Rwanda, Germany, Colombia, India, and Afghanistan—it identifies factors that can help overcome barriers to action. The goal is to shine a bright, gleaming light on positive examples, so they can guide other countries striving to do the same.