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Challenges of Adaptation Metrics: IPAM’s Proposed Framework

May 27, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Challenges of Adaptation Metrics:

IPAM’s Proposed Framework

16:30 – 18:30 IST | 13:00 – 15:00 CET | 07:00 – 09:00 EST


Assessing global adaptation progress ideally requires frameworks and metrics that are applicable across countries and sectors, and over time. Unlike mitigation (which can be measured in terms of greenhouse gases reduction), there is no simple, unique and universal adaptation metric than can quantify adaptation results holistically. This is not surprising given the complexity and ambiguity of adaptation processes, and the context-specific particularities and needs across regions and sectors (agriculture, water, energy, etc.) and governmental levels (city, regions, nations…). As a result there is no consensus on what adaptation metrics should look like and how they should be used.

IPAM’s main objective is to facilitate the co-design of metrics through exchange and innovation, and take into account the need for aggregation and comparison. Towards that objective, IPAM has proposed a work programme (AMME – Adaptation Metrics Mapping and Evaluation) to direct understanding of adaptation metrics in an arena where needs on the ground should drive policy recommendations, sectoral strategies, fundraising and allocation of funds and scientific advancements.

This webinar will present the principles on which the framework will be developed, under which user/committee-led projects related to sectoral, transversal or technical approaches are mapped and evaluated. Various adaptation experts will discuss the framework concept before it will be examined on a sectoral basis in break-out sessions.

The ‘Challenges on Adaptation Metrics: IPAM’s proposed framework’ webinar is part of the WASP Science Policy Brief series convened to support researchers, policymakers and practitioners to further their knowledge and capacity and underpin effective adaptation to climate change.

Registration information:

Joining Link: https://teri.webex.com/teri/j.php?MTID=m27ff599d208f4508298e61db06510555

Meeting number: 184 459 8313

Password: BiG99#




16:30 –16:45 IST

13:00-13:15 CET

Welcome Remarks & Housekeeping Announcements

●        Adaptation Futures 2020 Secretariat.

Keynote Address

●        Mohamed Ait Kadi, AAA Initiative Scientific Committee chair, President of the General Council on Agriculture Development

16:45-16:50 IST

13:15- 13:20 CET

Introduction to IPAM and Opening Remarks

●        Karim Anegay, IPAM Secretariat/ AAA Initiative Foundation


16:50-17:10 IST

13:20-13:40 CET

AMME: A Framework for Mapping and Evaluating Adaptation Metrics

●        Why: Karl Schultz, IPAM Chair, Founder-The Higher Ground Foundation

●        How: Paul Forte, The Higher Ground Foundation




17:10-17:40 IST

13:40-14:10 CET

Panel Discussion

●        Moderator: Anand Patwardhan, Professor-University of Maryland, Co-chair- WASP Science Committee


●        Jean-Pierre Elong Mbassi, UCLG-Africa Secretary General

●        Andreea Nowak, CGIAR

●        Aditya Bahadur, IIED, ARA core development team

●        Snigdha Garg, Adaptation Research– C40 Cities



17:40:18:10 IST

14:10-14:40 CET

Break Out Sessions

To be led by IPAM committee chairs;

●        Riad Balaghi, IPAM Agriculture, AAA Initiative Foundation

●        Marta Olazabal, IPAM Cities, Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3)

●        Driss Ouazar, IPAM Water, African Scientific Research and Innovation Council

●          Karl Schultz, IPAM Tools & Techniques, The Higher Ground Foundation

18:10-18:20 IST

14:40-14:50 CET


Reporting from the break-out sessions.