Climate Change Research ›› 2016, Vol. 12 ›› Issue (3): 251-257.doi: 10.12006/j.issn.1673-1719.2016.006

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Interpretation of Adaptation and Loss and Damage Elements in Paris Agreement and Possible Solution for China

Chen Minpeng1, 2, Zhang Yucheng3, Li Bo4, Li Yu’e1, 2   

  1. 1 Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development in Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing 100081, China; 
    2 Key Laboratory of Agro-Environment and Climate Change, Ministry of Agriculture, Beijing 100081, China; 
    3 Department of Climate Change, National Development and Reform Commission, Beijing 100824, China; 
    4 Department of Science, Technology and Education, Ministry of Agriculture, Beijing 100125, China
  • Received:2016-01-11 Revised:2016-03-09 Online:2016-05-31 Published:2016-05-30
  • Contact: Li Yue


Paris Agreement, as comprises of all Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Chang (UNFCCC), succeeded in addressing all the main concerns of each Party. The Agreement was guided by the principles of the UNFCCC and presented the bifurcated differentiation between developed countries and developing countries. The Article 7 in Paris Agreement established a global adaptation goal in the context of global temperature goal, decided that developed country Parties continue their obligations for supporting developing country Parties to enhance adaptation actions, and requested all Parties to submit and update periodically an adaptation communication. The Article 14 structured a global stocktake of adaptation in conjunction with mitigation and finance with a cycle of 5 years. The Article 8 anchored Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts and formulated a framework for all Parties to address loss and damage on a cooperative and facilitative basis. However, Paris Agreement has reserved differences on a lot of technical and key issues. China, as a large emerging developing country, will have to encounter continuous political pressure with regard to adaptation finance and loss and damage. China should enhance domestic adaptation actions, strengthen relevant researches and use South-South Climate Fund effectively, so as to react positively to the pressures and to promote global adaptation and addressing loss and damage.

Key words: Paris Agreement, adaptation, loss and damage, response measures

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