Reducing carbon emissions is no longer enough to halt the effects of climate change. Many countries are realizing that it's time to start adapting to a warming world. The policy world is responding. The 2015 Paris Agreement includes, for the first time, a Global Adaptation Goal. Similarly, the 2017 UN Climate Conference in Bonn reinforced the same objective. Nations spanning all continents are starting to develop National Adaptation Plans (NAPs).
The UN Climate Change Adaptation Unit focuses on 4 priority areas:
- Ecosystem-based adaptation - Implementing projects that utilize biodiversity and ecosystem services as part of a holistic adaptation strategy.
- Knowledge, analysis and networking - Spreading vital adaptation knowledge through well-connected global networks.
- World Adaptation Science Programme - Providing an interface between the adaptation research community and decision-makers.
- Access to adaptation finance - Helping countries to gain access to finance for building resilience and national capacity.