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Learning how to learn: The experiences of 6 global cities in tracking urban adaptation

Keywords: Urban adaptation, Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting, Learning, Indicators, Outcomes

Author(s): William Lewis, Marta Olazabal

Date: 2021-28-10

Issue: PB 2021-05

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• A previous study conducted by BC3 has found that over 70% of urban adaptation metrics focus on measuring the outputs of adaptation actions (e.g. actions implemented) rather than considering outcomes (e.g. benefits to population).
• An understanding of the wider benefits of adaptation actions is crucial for learning and it is clear that reflective learning processes are needed within organisations to ensure investment is actually reducing vulnerability.
• Ahead of the 26th United Nations Climate Change conference (COP26) there is renewed focus on reporting on progress annually and tracking the broader social outcomes of adaptation strategies for vulnerable groups and communities particularly in light of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) campaign “The Race to Resilience”.
• As a number of cities move into the second generation of climate change adaptation plans they are finding new innovative ways to integrate learning and reflect on outcomes.
• This report aims to add to the discussion, providing insights on best practice from early adopters of adaptation metrics.

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