30th July 2014

JRC recommends creating a global index to monitor climate-resilient development policies

In its latest report, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission makes recommendations on the creation of a global index to monitor the progress of climate-resilient development policies. The index, as conceived by the JRC, would include factors such as extreme climate events, climate vulnerability and adaptive capacity, while also taking into account the climate vulnerability of ecosystem services and the role of natural resources in climate adaptation.

The first step in creating the index will be the creation of a platform, which will act as an interface between science and policy on climate-resilient development. The platform will bring together global indicators and concepts for climate-resilient and low-carbon development. It will provide transparent, objective, reliable, accurate, and open source information on natural hazards related to climate change, vulnerability, adaptive capacity, mitigation and resilience.

A workshop will be held in autumn 2014 to further discuss and lay the foundations for such a platform. It will aim to bring together scientists, experts and practitioners in the fields of climate change, disaster risk management and development.

More information is available here.