Adapting to Climate Change

Adapting to climate change
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UNDP promotes pro-poor and pro-growth adaptation that encourages climate-resilient economic development and sustainable livelihoods in the face of climate change. That means supporting countries to integrate climate-related risks and opportunities into national planning and poverty reduction, while addressing the needs of more vulnerable groups like women and indigenous people. It also means ensuring that those efforts are flexible and resilient enough to navigate the challenges that climate change may bring in the future.

With this aim, capacity development lies at the heart of UNDP’s approach to climate change adaptation. UNDP supports the creation of robust and responsive state institutions, capable public and private sector management, and skilled human resources able to innovate, adapt and deliver to the changing conditions. This is done by working through UN Country Teams, UNDP Country Offices, governments and other partners to provide a number of services to support regional, national and sub-national stakeholders in addressing climate change risks.

Based on its strengths and experience, UNDP provides support in three key areas: Integrated Policy and Planning; Formulating, Financing and implementing Climate-resilient Projects and Programmes; and Knowledge Management and Methodology Support.

In Focus
Climate Change Adaptation Bulletin - Issue 13


This bulletin is produced by the UNDP-GEF Unit of UNDP’s Environment and Energy Group. It provides an overview of UNDP-GEF’s support to countries to affect policy and institutional change for climate change adaptation at the national, sub-national and community levels. Issue 13 features stories from country-led adaptation initiatives in the Pacific.