Adaptation In Action: FAO On Climate Change Adaptation

Jan 15th, 2013 | By | Category: Adaptation, Advocacy, Capacity Development, Development and Climate Change, Environment, Food, Green House Gas Emissions, Health and Climate Change, Information and Communication, International Agencies, Lessons, Mitigation, News, Publication, Resilience, Vulnerability, Website-eNews Portal

adaptation in actionFAO’s vision for the future is a world free of hunger and malnutrition where food and agriculture improve the living standards of all people. To make this vision a reality, food production must increase to feed a rising global population – a population expected to grow from 6.7 billion to more than 9 billion in the next 40 years.

Developing countries are most in need of this increased food production, since these nations are home to some of the world’s least food secure people who are also the most vulnerable to climate change impacts.

FAO is a global leader in climate change analysis, support and solutions. As a lead specialized agency of the United Nations (UN), FAO promotes agricultural practices that:

  • enhance food access and nutrition: FOOD SECURITY
  • increase resilience to climate change: ADAPTATION
  • reduce or remove greenhouse gases: MITIGATION

FAO-Adapt consolidates FAO’s multidisciplinary expertise on climate change adaptation. Through this Organization-wide  framework, FAO provides countries with best practices, key principles and priority themes on which member nations can focus adaptation efforts in agriculture and food security.

Since launching FAO-Adapt in June 2011, the Organization has: developed and implemented new, adaptation-focused projects and programmes; and enhanced FAO’s own capacity to deliver adaptation support to member countries. FAO-Adapt also promotes synergies between adaptation, mitigation and sustainable development activities. As additional needs emerge, FAO-Adapt will continue to evolve in order to best leverage the Organization’s climate change expertise.

Core Principles

Reduce climate change vulnerability

Vulnerability to climate change threatens food security around the world. Rural communities  and impoverished groups are often hit hardest. Reducing climate change vulnerability is essential to fighting extreme poverty and hunger. Adaptation efforts must also support environmental sustainability, which is essential to achieving food security and alleviating poverty in the long term.

Mainstream climate change into development planning

Adaptation must be integrated into overarching developmental support. Integrating adaptation into development planning translates into far-reaching benefits and plugs into holistic, climate change approaches.

Support country-driven processes

Climate change adaptation must be driven by the specific needs of individual countries. Build synergies between adaptation and mitigation Dealing with climate change means developing comprehensive solutions that: link adaptation and mitigation; and combine strategic, policy, institutional and technical options.

Promote an ecosystem approach

Food production must be considered in parallel with: ecosystem capacity and resilience; equity in access to resources; and integration of sectors that use common resources.

Design participatory, gender-sensitive and location-specific activities

Adaptation is people-centric. In order to see benefits, efforts must be based on local contexts and rooted in equitable and participatory approaches.

Deliver through partnerships

Climate change adaptation is a global issue requiring committed partnerships. Member countries, UN agencies, national and international research and financing institutions, bilateral donors, civil society organizations and the private sector must work together to support adaptation.

Support international, regional and national collaboration

Climate change increases global resource interdependence. Managing shared resources collaboratively is therefore essential.

Develop a long-term programmatic approach

Adaptation efforts must be streamlined into priority themes and actions to ensure consistent, long-term progress.

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