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Climate and
Disaster Resilience

Adaptation

Whether it’s failing crops, the flooding of homes and businesses, or respiratory diseases, people have become increasingly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change across the Europe and Central Asia region.

Adaptation seeks to lower the risks posed by the consequences of climatic changes. Adaptation means climate-proofing the economy, and building livelihoods that protect the environment while eliminating carbon emissions. UNDP supports these goals by assisting countries to integrate current and future risks and uncertainties into their development efforts.

Our actions include putting into place new types of infrastructure – such as building floods protection structures or improving the quality of irrigation systems. They also include changing behaviours so that people use less water, farmers plant more resistant crops and households and businesses buy new types of insurance.

UNDP also works with governments and other partners to map out potential disaster areas, and make sure everyone from the national to the local level is prepared to respond.

Using new techniques, farmers in North Macedonia are adapting to climate change to maintain their livelihoods. Photo: UNDP North Macedonia


Together with partners such as the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Green Climate Fund (GCF) or the European Union (EU), UNDP is working to:

  • Support adaptation strategies that cut across sectors;
  • Promote more resilient livelihoods;
  • Encourage sustainable management of ecosystems;
  • Boost adaptation practices that result in food security; and
  • Integrate water resources and coastal management.

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