1. Setting the scene

Key messages

  • MRE of adaptation at national level can play a key role in improving adaptation policy and practice.
  • It can serve multiple purposes including improving our understanding of policy effectiveness and efficiency, enhancing learning about the process of adaptation (what works, in which contexts and why?) and providing accountability.  
  • Those developing ambitious national level MRE systems are now recognising, and responding to, the challenges associated with the MRE of adaptation.
  • MRE presents an exciting opportunity to learn in more depth about how societies can best adapt to climate change.
  • MRE of adaptation is increasingly recognised as a key aspect of the adaptation process and this is reflected in the increasing number of MRE systems being designed and implemented at national level in Europe.

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