Life and livelihoods of communities and societies are inextricably connected to the environment, including its plants and animals, natural resources and climate.
Natural hazards, climate change and weather volatility, man-made disasters and pollution, overuse of natural resources, and other persistent environmental stressors put communities at risk and require adaptive responses to loss of resources, land, livelihoods and food security.
Farming and pastoralist communities are especially vulnerable to environmental shocks. Urban communities also face difficulties when, for example, conditions lead to scarcity in food supplies and unpotable water.
Climate change adaptation strategies includes strengthening the capacity of institutions and communities to incentivize climate smart farming practices and infrastructure, equitable use and conservation of resources, establishing early warning measures, and facilitate communal risk sharing through education is important to building resilience. Technology is being used in innovative ways in all of these capacities.
Millions of people rely on agriculture for their livelihoods, but this sector is particularly vulnerable to weather and climate shocks.
Community-driven natural resource management builds resilience by restoring degraded agricultural land and mitigating effects of climate and weather shocks.
Helping countries and communities predict and prepare for climate shocks and stressors can minimize losses, reduce vulnerabilities and build adaptive capacities to respond to these impacts, while safeguarding development gains.