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Mainstreaming Climate Adaptation

Planning and Action into Health Systems in Fiji, Ghana, and Benin

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1. Purpose and Scope of This Working Paper

After describing the methodology used to identify the Fiji, Ghana, and Benin case studies, the paper dives into each country’s climate context, enabling factors, and challenges to mainstreaming and implementing adaptation in public health. Where possible, the sections detail concrete adaptation measures and benefits. Following the case studies, the authors discuss lessons learned and recommendations to mainstream climate adaptation and build climate resilience in the health sector.

The main audience for this paper includes government officials at both the national and subnational level who are responsible for formulating and implementing nationally determined contributions (NDCs) and National Adaptation Plans (NAPs), which aim to mainstream adaptation across sectors and levels of government. Public health officials and other actors in the health sector, including health care professionals and researchers, as well as institutions like hospitals and medical research centers, form part of this primary audience. In addition, organizations and knowledge institutions supporting the implementation of adaptation activities could use the country experiences mentioned as examples to inform their own work. This working paper may also be of use to private businesses, civil society organizations, and groups most affected by climate impacts (including people living in poverty and facing marginalization). The paper may also serve the needs of funding entities and donors seeking examples of good practice.

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