The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report: What’s in it for Latin America? / Executive Summary

Elizabeth Carabine and Alberto Lemma, Overseas Development Institute (ODI), with the assistance of Mairi Dupar, Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)
Overseas Development Institute and Climate and Development Knowledge Network
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What’s in it for Latin America? presents key findings from the IPCC’sFifth Assessment Report (AR5) for Latin America. It extracts Latin America-specific data, trends and analysis directly from AR5, summarising it in a short volume to make it accessible to all audiences, and highlights key opportunities to achieve adaptation, mitigation and development.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has produced the most comprehensive assessment of climate change ever. The Fifth Assessment Report, which the IPCC is releasing in four parts between September 2013 and November 2014, is the work of 830 expert authors, from 85 countries. Its first three volumes already stretch to 5,000+ pages.

Now the Climate and Development Knowledge Network and Overseas Development Institute have released a succinct guide to the assessment for decision-makers in Latin America.

The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report: What’s in it for Latin America? distils the richest material on climate impacts and trends in small islands, and Latin America’s experiences in adaptation and mitigation from the thousands of pages of the Fifth Assessment Report and complemented with similar, peer reviewed case studies from such countries. The report aims to make the IPCC’s important material more accessible and usable and responds to wide demand for this type of information.

The report is also available in Spanish and can be found here.

The guide is part of a suite of materials to promote the key findings of the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report, which include companion volumes for Africa, South Asia and Small Island Developing States. Please visit for the publications and a range of communications resources, including free-to-use images and infographics.

© Overseas Development Institute and Climate and Development Knowledge Network, 2014.