Integrating, or mainstreaming, adaptation across sustainable development initiatives can help drive economic growth, reduce poverty and improve human well-being in a changing climate.
Building resilience doesn’t just help safeguard ecosystems from intensifying impacts, but it also underpins successful policies to reduce climate risks across a wide range of sectors, from agriculture and water to transportation and health. Mainstreaming strengthens the resilience of development outcomes in a changing climate.
Climate change can endanger human health and life – either directly through disasters or by damaging the productivity of critical development resources such as crops and livestock, forest, fisheries and water. To avoid this, we have to consider and anticipate climate change risks when deciding, e.g. where and how to build infrastructure, what crops to plant and when to plant them, what species to reforest, which health services to provide in the future. In Somalia livestock especially camels have been negatively affected by the continuous drought leading to their deaths.
We work with decision-makers across all sectors and at every level of government, as well as adaptation funders and practitioners, to integrate adaptation into development by: