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Enhancing adaptation and resilience

For UNDP, adaptation means climate-resilient economic development and sustainable livelihoods, especially for vulnerable populations – the poor, women, and indigenous peoples. These communities are often the most vulnerable to climate change and are at greater risk to its impacts. A single shock – a storm or drought – or slow onset impact – such as sea level rise – can exacerbate existing vulnerabilities and increase the likelihood of locking communities already at risk into cycles of poverty.

UNDP is supporting countries to respond to the ongoing impacts of climate change and to prepare for the impacts in the future. UNDP’s adaptation portfolio supports over 110 countries through over 250 projects to integrate current and future climate risks and uncertainties into national and sub-national development efforts. Working together with international development agencies, donors, civil society, national governments and local stakeholders this work is designed to build lasting resilience for at-risk communities and promote a global zero-carbon future.

UNDP supports climate change resilience and risk management at the local, regional and global levels in the context of climate-resilient agriculture and food security, promoting sustainable water resource management, ensuring sustainable coastal zone development, addressing climate-related extreme events and risks, providing access to early warning systems and climate information for enhanced planning, and pursuing ecosystem-based adaptation approaches.  It also includes support for National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) and National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs).

All approaches are also gender-responsive in that they address the unique needs and priorities of both women and men, while also empowering women as important adaptation leaders and agents of change. A more in depth look and country-by-country case studies can be found here: www.adaptation-undp.org

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