Activity 9: Minimize adverse effects of adaptation actions on the environment

Below are the global and regional obligations in this activity:
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Component 1

Directly relevant obligations and commitments

  • Minimize the adverse effects on the quality of the environment of projects or measures undertaken by Parties to the UNFCCC to adapt to climate change: UNFCCC Article 4.1(f)
  • Follow an assessment and evaluation process to prevent maladaptation and to ensure that adaptation actions are environmentally sound: UNFCCC Decision 1/CP.10, 4 SEE COMMENTARY 1
  • Identify and promote synergies between adaptation and mitigation (i.e. any adaptation measure should seek ways in which to mitigate): World Heritage Decision 30 COM 7.1, 8 and WHC-06/30.COM/7.1 (Strategy to assist States Parties to implement appropriate management responses) SEE COMMENTARY 2
  • Each Party undertakes, in its planning and development policies and in its measures against pollution, to have regard to the conservation of wild flora and fauna: Bern Convention, Article 3 (2)

Indirectly relevant obligations and commitments

  • Avoid any deliberate measures which might damage directly or indirectly the natural heritage situated on the territory of other State Parties: WHC Article 6,3

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Author Commentary 1

UNFCCC Decision 1/CP.10, 4
This can be seen as a specific way of implementing UNFCCC Article 4.1(f).

Author Commentary 2

World Heritage Decision 30 COM 7.1, 8 and WHC-06/30. COM/7.1: This refers to II. B. Preventive Actions 18.b) i).