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The Role of Family Planning in Adaptation to Climate Change

December 16, 2009 • Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Kathleen Mogelgaard of Population Action International for the report, Population and Reproductive Health in National Adaptation Programmes of Action, by Clive Mutunga and Karen Hardee. See to download the report.

The report reviews 41 National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs) submitted by Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and identifies the range of interventions included in countries’ priority adaptation actions. The review found near-universal recognition among the NAPAs of the importance of population considerations as a central pillar in climate change adaptation.

Also thanks to Kathleen Mogelgaard for this paper. To download the full paper, visit

Population Action International’s latest working paper, Projecting Population, Projecting Climate Change:
Population in IPCC Scenarios
, shows that population growth is not adequately accounted for in the emissions scenarios produced by the Special Report on Emissions Scenarios of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). This is the second in a three part series that explores role of population dynamics in climate change mitigation and adaptation. This working paper:

• Explains the population projections used in scenarios of emissions growth

• Examines the assumptions about fertility, mortality and migration that are built into the population

• Shows that the SRES likely underestimates demographic impacts on emissions growth

• Highlights the need to incorporate a more nuanced understanding of population size, age structure,
household size, and urbanization into climate change scenarios that provide the basis for policy
decision-making and strategy development for climate change mitigation and adaptation

The working paper can be accessed here:

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