Technology Transfer for Adaptation: An Analysis of the GEF Adaptation Funds
Monday September 23, 2013
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
Laura Kuhl, Predoctoral Research Fellow, CIERP, The Fletcher School
160 Packard Ave.
Medford, MA 02155
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Hosted by the CIERP's Energy, Climate, and Innovation Research Seminar Series. A light lunch will be served (first come first served).
Technology alone will not be able to solve adaptation challenges, but it is likely to play an important role. Because of both the role of technology in adaptation and the importance of international collaboration for climate change, technology transfer for adaptation is a critical but understudied issue. In this talk, Laura will discuss the findings of a recent paper, co-authored with Professor Kelly Sims Gallagher, which analyzes Global Environment Facility-funded adaptation projects. They find that there is significantly more technology transfer occurring in adaptation projects than might be expected given the pessimistic rhetoric surrounding technology transfer for adaptation. Furthermore, the technologies being transferred are different from those transferred for climate mitigation, and the geographic pattern of transfer is different as well. Rather than the use of modern and advanced technologies, adaptation projects tend to utilize traditional technologies; and while technology transfer for climate mitigation tends to follow a north-south pattern (although increasingly there are south-north and south-south flows), technology transfer for adaptation often consists of domestic diffusion of existing local technologies.
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