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FAQ – What is climate change adaptation?

What is climate change adaptation?

Adaptation is a means of responding to current climate risk as well as preparing for impacts that are linked to potential future changes. It should be both relevant and specific to particular contexts, and produce adaptation outcomes that are robust against a wide range of future situations. 

adaptation: In human systems, the process of adjustment to actual or expected climate and its effects, in order to moderate harm or exploit beneficial opportunities. In natural systems, the process of adjustment to actual climate and its effects; human intervention may facilitate adjustment to expected climate and its effects. IPCC, AR6

Adaptation should recognise often competing stakeholder goals. Adaptation planning processes should use multiple types of information and knowledge at various levels to identify and appraise adaptation options and strategies.

Learn more about climate change adaptation decision-making. support, resilience approaches, and trans-disciplinary knowledge co-production  processes, and how these can help build adaptive capacity to decrease vulnerability. 

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