The analysis of the sectoral policies of the three countries of the South Caucasus reveals that: • More recent policy documents are more comprehensive in their coverage of adaptation issues. For example, the National Environmental Action Programmes and Biodiversity Strategies adopted before 2010 did not include climate adaptation, while documents adopted and/or drafted after 2010 do cover the subject. • Economic feasibility issues are only addressed in the short-term (for instance, renewable energy policy papers do not cover issues that impact in over 50 years’ time). • Some sectors are not covered by specific sectoral strategies but development strategies (for example, industry). • Lack of consistency and timely updating of sectoral strategies. Some strategies are not replaced in a timely manner or were not followed at all, or cover issues in completely new manner or for new areas. • Lack of availability of applied research and studies on sector vulnerability to climate change (energy strategies do not cover the potential increase of energy demand in the summer and winter months, as well as other aspects of sector developed against the projected climatic changes, as no studies have been conducted on this issue).
From collection: Outlook on Climate Change Adaptation in the South Caucasus Mountains