Why Climate Adaptation?

While most of the attention to climate change in industrialized nations is appropriately on reducing the emissions that cause climate change, developing countries generally have much lower per capita emissions while the impacts of climate change are likely to be much more severe.  As such, many countries are calling for more resources to reduce the vulnerability to changes in weather, temperature, and precipitation that will produce some opportunities in some places but also great stresses on agriculture, water supplies, infrastructure, biodiversity, and public health.

Climate change is expected to increase in impact exponentially over future decades and thus investments that contribute to development today should consider how they will be sustained in light of future climate changes.

Climate Adaptation Works offers the expertise to assess vulnerabilities and help communities and investors develop sustainable approaches for a climate resilient future.


Why Climate Adaptation Works?


Understanding climate change impacts is a critical issue for a variety of clients:


  • Project developers may need to incorporate vulnerability assessments into Environmental Impact Statements.

  • Government planners need to understand vulnerabilities when assessing needs and formulating investment plans.

  • Local communities can benefit by by equipped with basic information on how they may be vulnerable and to engage with government officials and donors in identifying new projects.

  • Health officials need to understand how climate change may increase the epidemiological threats of change and consider these for environmental health prevention campaigns and investments in medical facilities and equipment.

  • Engineering companies may use vulnerability assessments to identify new markets for infrastructure investment and to formulate “climate proof” designs. 

  • Other companies may use vulnerability assessment to gauge expected changes in demand for their products and which markets are most likely to change.

  • Companies engaged in transportation and logistics need it to understand inventory needs and need for new investments.

  • Financiers and insurers will find that certain regions and asset classes may be greater credit and insurance risks with climatic changes.  Vulnerability assessments can pinpoint where and the expected levels of these risks.

  • Companies registered by the SEC already need to disclose climate change related business and legal risks.  It is likely that climate change disclosures and an understanding of climate liabilities will strengthen and spread to more jurisdictions.

This list is just a taste of the many ways understanding climate change impacts and adaptation measures is of growing relevance for communities, governments and businesses.

Climate Adaptation Works is an interdisciplinary network of experts with a mutual goal of helping clients to understand and prepare for climate change.  Our clients include governments, financiers, community groups, foundations and research groups, and corporate entities.