Yet another round of UN climate talks begins today, this time in Warsaw, occurring against the backdrop of Typhoon Haiyan, which has reportedly killed at least 10,000 people in the Philippines.
But two new papers point out that funding promised to help countries adapt to climate change have been insufficient and untransparent.
In fact, from 2010 to 2011, commitments for adaptation finance decreased in the Philippines, according to a joint paper by Oxfam, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).
The paper looked specifically at a 2009 commitment made by rich countries - which came to be known as "fast-start finance" - to fund developing countries' adaptation efforts. Another recent Oxfam paper also showed that rich countries have failed to keep that 2009 promise...
...The ODI/Oxfam/WRI paper, which looked at funding flows for adaptation into four countries - Nepal, the Philippines, UGANDA and Zambia - noted that these countries' "efforts to be accountable to their own citizens for addressing the impacts of climate change are hindered by the lack of transparency and accountability of donors."
Lack of clarity on what counts as adaptation finance, "incomplete donor reports... and the volume of adaptation finance that actually flows to recipients outside of the beneficiary country are just a few of the challenges that these countries face...
...Donors need to be much more explicit about what they are spending their money on if these countries are to be able to make sure there are adequate resources flowing to address the needs of the most vulnerable and that these resources are being used effectively."
Oxfam said that 24 developed countries have still not confirmed their climate finance for 2013.
Via Robin Landis