Climate Change Adaptation

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Climate Change Adaptation
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Last Edit Date 2018-06-15

Climate Change Adaptation means :

SDABC2015.png The ABC for Sustainable Cities - A glossary for policy makers. 1st edition (2015)

The process of adjustment to actual or expected climate and its effects. In human systems, adaptation seeks to moderate or avoid harm or exploit beneficial opportunities. In some natural systems, human intervention may facilitate adjustment to expected climate and its effects. (1),

Cities face significant impacts from climate change, which have potentially serious consequences for human health, livelihoods, and assets, especially for the urban poor, informal settlements, and other vulnerable groups. Cities around the world have begun to plan for climate change by developing stand-alone climate plans or incorporating climate considerations into existing plans, policies, and projects. Climate change will have impacts on many sectors: land use, housing, transportation, public health, water supply and sanitation, solid waste, food security, and energy etc. (2)

(1) IPCC AR5 - WGII,, (2) Based on 2011 The World Bank Group; Guide to Climate Change Adaptation in Cities.