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National Adaptation Policy 2018-2030 (PNACC) approved by decree 41091-MINAE

legislation type Executive
Adaptation Framework
Passed in 2018
This Policy is proposed as a guiding framework that will guide the country's actions in terms of adaptation. It establishes an overall and sectoral diagnostic about how climate change will impact Costa Rica, synthesises the global and national legal norms under which the government has to place its adaptation efforts, discusses the institutional framework under which these efforts must be undertaken, and develops a strategy. 

The general objective of the policy is to "move towards a model of resilient development of the Costa Rican society, which avoids human losses and moderate the material damages generated by the adverse effects of climate change, contributes to the quality of life of the most vulnerable populations and takes advantage of the opportunities to innovate and transform the productive sectors and ensure the continuity of public services." 

It seeks in particular to strengthen capacities and resilience conditions, reduce vulnerability / damages and losses, and take advantage of opportunities generated by adaptation measures. Human rights, gender equity, focus on indigenous people and integrated solutions are jointly pursued. 

The policy further aims to: 1) improve knowledge management on the effects of climate change, climate services and the development of local and institutional capacities 2) Promote conditions for the resilience of human and natural systems through territorial, marine and coastal planning 3) better manage biodiversity, ecosystems, watersheds and marine and coastal spaces for adaptation 4) adapt public services and make infrastructure resilient 5) adapt eco-competitive production systems 6) foster investment and financial security for climate action.


from the Grantham Research Institute
from the Grantham Research Institute
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