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Climate change adaptation

Adapting to change

Many of the most biodiversity-rich places on Earth are also those where both people and ecosystems are the most vulnerable to climate change.

Climate adaptation is a process which helps communities and ecosystems cope with a changing climate.

The threat

Rising temperatures and increasingly unpredictable climate patterns are threatening biodiversity and livelihoods around the globe. Climate change has the potential to destabilize both economies and societies, compounding other environmental challenges and undermining sustainable development efforts.

The response

The impacts of climate change are now unavoidable. That is why understanding the synergies between climate change and other pressures is an important part of our work - to bring about a world where people live in harmony with nature.

Learn more

Use the menu on the left to learn more about climate-smart conservation and WWF's work on climate change adaptation around the world. 
Go to the adaptation library to find even more information and resources.
Planting mangrove seedlings in an estuary at low tide. Bali, Indonesia.

© Tim Laman / WWF



As a result of our past, present and expected future emissions of CO2, we are committed to climate change, and effects will persist for many centuries even if emissions of CO2 stop.


IPCC AR5 WGI Co-Chair Thomas Stocker, September 2013

Why the urgency?

Some aspects of climate adaptation are not new; people and nature have responded to climatic changes in the past. Adaptation includes well-established practices such as disaster risk reduction, ensuring water and food security, and coastal, river basin, and protected area management.

What is new are unprecedented climate conditions, faster change, greater uncertainty, and our need for new knowledge and methods to manage climate-related risks.



Click on the logo to visit ClimatePrep.org, a WWF blog aiming to define climate change adaptation through illustrations of on-the-ground adaptation projects, explorations of adaptation concepts, and sharing lessons learned from work around the world.