UN-WATER POLICY BRIEF: Climate Change Adaptation: The Pivotal Role of Water

Adaptation to climate change is urgent and water plays a pivotal role in it. For more information read the UN-Water policy brief.

Water is the primary medium through which climate
change influences Earth’s ecosystem and thus the livelihood
and well-being of societies. Global warming is likely
to intensify, accelerate or enhance the global hydrological
cycle. Source: Climate Change Adaptation: The Pivotal Role of Water, p. 3.

Not If, But When: Adapting to Natural Hazards in the Pacific Islands Region

The goal of this Policy Note is to influence policy
makers and development partners in the Pacific
Islands region to undertake risk management of
natural hazards and minimize the future impacts
of natural disasters, climate change and sea level
rise. As a short-term objective, the Policy Note
aims to review the disaster trends and lessons
learned from pilot risk management of natural
hazards initiatives, and recommend a strategic
way forward. Particular attention is paid to the
three ‘I’s’ of risk management of natural hazards:

Climate models, projections and uncertainties in Sub-Saharan Africa: An Introduction for researchers and decision makers


In order to assess potential impacts of climate change and hence develop appropriate adaptation strategies, reliable estimates of likely changes in future climate are necessary. Information about how critical parameters can be expected to change in the long-term is used by researchers and practitioners from a broad array of disciplines for analysis and decision-making.

Adapting to climate change: Challenges and opportunities for the development community


The profile of climate change has risen from being an environmental issue to a major development issue, billed in a recent UK White Paper as the ‘biggest threat facing the world’.1 Development agencies are already playing an important role in advocating for cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, but some change is now inevitable. Attention must also focus on how society and nature can adapt in a changing climate.

Changing climates, changing lives

This study examines the vulnerability of farmers and herders in agro-pastoral and
pastoral areas in Ethiopia and Mali, and shows how they are adapting to climate
variability and change. It focuses on peopleʼs perceptions and experience at the
household level, and the role of local institutions in supporting adaptation and
improving food security.

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Framing the flow: Innovative Approaches to Understand, Protect and Value Ecosystem Services across Linked Habitats

"This publication highlights the interconnectivity and linkages
between coastal ecosystems (mangroves, coral
reefs, seagrasses, estuaries, and lagoons) across environmental,
economic, social, and management contexts. It
presents innovative approaches to better understand,
protect and value ecosystems services across linked
habitats, informing the trade-off of different land-use
management decisions and the effects on healthy systems
from drawing on ecosystem services from linked

Competitive Cities and Climate Change

Based on statistical data from the OECD regional and metropolitan databases, this report discusses the relationships between cities and climate change, the rationale for taking action at the urban scale, the effectiveness of some local strategic and sectoral policy tools in addressing climate change issues as well as local finance and growth and job opportunities from the green economy.