How can the monitoring and evaluation of climate change adaptation best use today's indicators and data systems to get a common understanding of measurable change?
This paper examines the benefits of using data well in the context of climate change in order to:
strengthen the effectiveness of investment
support efforts in mitigation of the loss of life and livelihoods.
reduce administrative work burden
These also highlight the fact that adaptation is an integral part of sustainable development.
The focus is on case studies from Latin America and the need for strengthening existing data sets either by adding adaptation or using well-established monitoring systems constructed for other purposes.
Examples include the indicators for the Millenium Development Goals (UN), indicators for the Human Development Reports (UNDP) and the National Communications for the UNFCCC.