Facilitating International Adaptation Finance Flows from Private Sources
Risk mitigation is an important aspect of increasing private sector investment in climate adaptation.
Given its developmental underpinnings, adaptation finance has remained largely within the government purview of many developing countries. However, due to the exacerbation of climate impacts, there is a dire need to augment this source with private capital. We discuss the current landscape of adaptation financing, the role of the private sector, and the hurdles impinging on the finance flows from the said source. As a special case, we look into the avenues available for climate risk adaptation, where the private sector contribution could be augmented through insurance and associated financial instruments for planned adaptation to climate risk. In addition, we make a case for these financial instruments by looking at damage costs associated with unplanned impacts of climate-related natural calamities. Finally, analysis results from the investigation are then woven together as concrete suggestions for increasing private sector participation in adaptation financing in G20 countries.
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