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How do we prepare ourselves for the impacts of climate change? What are our options and how do we decide which is the best approach to take? This project will investigate these questions, among others, to help inform the important decisions regarding adaptation and risk reduction that are being made at global, national and local levels.
The project will examine how evidence-based decisions can be made to increase human resilience to climate change and weather-related disasters. The project will focus on ecosystem-based approaches but will consider them alongside other adaptation and risk reduction methods. More details about the project can be found in the project scope (PDF).
The global climate is changing with possible implications for the intensity and frequency of weather-related hazards. Furthermore, demographic changes mean that people’s exposure and vulnerability to these hazards is growing. Measures to adapt to climate change and reduce disaster risks are essential for ensuring human wellbeing, both now and in the future; and such measures are being discussed and implemented at international level.
Given the range of adaptation and risk reduction options available, guidance is needed on how to carry out effective evidence-based adaptation decision-making. As an example of this, this project will examine the degree to which ecosystems can protect people and increase our resilience to climate change. Such ecosystem-based approaches are claimed to be cost-effective, low regret options and, as such, are gaining increasing attention internationally. This project will be a critical evaluation of these approaches, in comparison to other adaptation and risk reduction measures.
The project is led by a Working Group of scientific and policy experts. Professor Georgina Mace CBE FRS is chair of the Working Group.
Final reportwill be published in late 2014
Call for evidenceClosed November 2013
Statement for UN Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reductionpublished May 2013
Project detailsannounced April 2013
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