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.

Coastal Zones and Climate Change

This volume examines various climate and environmental stresses on coastal areas of the Indian Ocean. It assesses the risks to coastal ecosystems and infrastructure, and evaluates the opportunities and obstacles for technological innovations and climate adaptation strategies. The volume explores how policies and institutions must evolve to ensure the sustainable management of coastal resources.

Equitable Adaptation Finance: The Case for an Enhanced Funding Mechanism Under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

Full Report

Agriculture in the developing world is particularly vulnerable to climate change. To help move the debate forward, this report evaluates the current primary adaptation funds and institutions
according to five principles for effective and equitable adaptation funding. Such funds should:

Coping with a Changing Climate: Considerations for Adaptation and Mitigation in Agriculture

This document elaborates on
issues of less-than-perfect information on climate impacts and vulnerabilities,
and need for better informed decisions on “resilient adaptation” by merging
adaptation, mitigation and prevention strategies. It offers new perspectives for policy-makers, institutions, societies and individuals on improved ways
of identifying most at-risk communities and “best practices” of coping with
current climate variability and extreme climate events.

An Overview of Modeling Climate Change Impacts in the Caribbean Region with contribution from the Pacific Islands

This report was commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Sub-Regional Office for Barbados
and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and by the UK Department for International Development
(DFID), with support from Australia’s International Climate Change Adaptation Initiative. The report was produced by the CARIBSAVE Partnership and authored by members of 15 key institutions around the world dealing with climate change (see
page 10 of the report for further details).

Synthesis report on efforts undertaken to assess the costs and benefits of adaptation options, and views on lessons learned, good practices, gaps and needs

Building upon the technical paper containing a review of the existing literature on the potential
costs and benefits of adaptation options (FCCC/TP/2009/2), this report synthesizes information
contained in submissions from Parties and relevant organizations, and other relevant sources, on
efforts undertaken to assess the costs and benefits of adaptation options. A summary of lessons
learned and good practices is provided. The report also identifies remaining gaps and needs relating