The insights emerging from Adaptation Without Borders challenge a narrative that has long been embraced in climate policy: that adaptation is a local challenge, while mitigation is a global concern. Climate risk is a shared reality; adaptation must now become a shared responsibility. If we reframe adaptation as a global challenge, what new forms of international cooperation and multilateral climate action await us?

First published by the Stockholm Environment Institute in November 2022 on behalf of the Adaptation Without Borders partnership. Adaptation Without Borders is directed and managed by three founding members – Stockholm Environment Institute, IDDRI, Overseas Development Institute.

Extract - Conclusions

  • Global, regional and national efforts to respond to the climate crisis cannot succeed without understanding and addressing transboundary climate risks.
  • These risks present profound dangers, but they also present opportunities to build our collective resilience and to share the benefits of coordinated adaptation activities worldwide.
  • As a result, an approach based on solutions to transboundary climate risks is, by its very nature, an approach that is more equitable, more just and more likely to succeed.