Technology transfer for adaptation

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Science  08 Aug 2014:
Vol. 345, Issue 6197, pp. 634-635
DOI: 10.1126/science.345.6197.634-e

We will not adapt to climate change solely through the use of technology, but certainly it must play a key role. Biagini et al. studied how technology transfer—the transfer of technology from those who have it to those who need it—is incorporated into adaptation projects funded by the Global Environmental Facility. Some projects focused on “hard” technologies, such as special materials to use for reef rehabilitation in India, but more focused on the transfer of knowledge and institutional organization, such as agroforestry training in Haiti. Most projects demonstrated existing technologies on a small scale or focused on deploying existing technologies early or in specialized areas. Many projects focused on domestic rather than “north-south” transfer from richer to poorer countries, reflecting the regional context of many adaptation challenges.

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