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Adapting to climate change

 Women adapt to climate change in Odisha, India. Women have been hit hardest by the extreme weather conditions. Many have to walk for long stretches in search of safe drinking water. Photo: Prashanth Vishwanathan/ UNDP India

The impacts of climate change—such as increased droughts or more erratic storms— threaten to undermine decades of development gains and future development trajectories. Many of the main drivers of poverty in developing countries are intertwined with climate change impacts. Thus, supporting countries to adapt to these impacts and prepare for future expected impacts will be essential for advancing sustainable and equitable development.

UNDP’s support in climate change adaptation includes integrating information on climate change risks and adaptation options into national and sub-national planning processes and budgets; and promoting and implementing integrated investments on the ground that safeguard livelihoods and protect development from possible impacts.

For example, through UNDP, nearly 10,000 households in Cambodia have been directly supported to strengthen livelihoods resilience against climate change. This has been done by strengthening practices around water harvesting, soil conservation, animal rearing, seasonal fishponds, vegetable gardens and tolerant rice varieties.

UNDP is actively assisting over 100 countries with comprehensive risk management. This includes supporting 50 Least Developed Countries in Africa and Asia and more than 20 Small Island Developing States around the world to implement on-the-ground actions to identify, reduce, manage and transfer climate induced risks. To date, over 2 million vulnerable people and communities have directly benefited from UNDP-supported initiatives in climate change adaptation.