Adapting to the impacts of climate change

Even if all greenhouse gas emissions stopped tomorrow, negative impacts of climate change on nature and human society are now unavoidable. Adaptation to climate change is therefore a topic of increasing global importance. Extreme weather events such as flooding, hurricanes or heatwaves often tend to affect countries and populations who are much less capable of mitigating these disasters. The Global Goal on Adaptation (GGA) from the Paris Agreement aims to address these concerns, stating that the international support given to developing countries for adaptation to climate change impacts should be continued and also increased.

With its funding area ‘Adapting to the impacts of climate change’, the International Climate Initiative (IKI) is helping especially vulnerable countries and regions to strengthen their adaptability to the consequences of climate change. This means that people will be better-placed for coping with changing climatic conditions and extreme weather events.

In its work on adaptation, the IKI prioritises reliable planning processes that account for climate risks and their corresponding adaptation measures at all levels of political decision-making. This process is accompanied by national adaptation plans (NAPs); the IKI offers support to its partner regions for drafting these plans. An NAP can therefore be understood as a framework that encompasses and coordinates all of the adaptation activities at national, subnational and local level.  

When implementing adaptation measures, the IKI focuses in particular on following the principles of ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA). As part of larger-scale adaptation planning, ecosystem-based measures combine climate change impact adjustment and biodiversity conservation, and such solutions are often less expensive than those provided by technological approaches.

By 2020, over 150 projects with a total volume of EUR 702 million had been approved within the area of adaptation to climate change impacts. Via its International Climate Initiative , the BMU is also one of the largest donors to the international Adaptation Fund and has contributed some EUR 380 million since the Fund’s formation in 2007. The Adaptation Fund finances projects that help population groups threatened by climate change in developing countries to adapt to the consequences of climate change. These projects are based on these countries’ needs and priorities. Since 2010, the Adaptation Fund has so far provided USD 850 million for projects, including 123 completed projects in almost 100 countries, benefiting 28 million people.

Topics within the funding area "adaptation"

Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA)

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Supporting national adaptation plans

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Instruments for risk management

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