The United States spent $2.6 billion in 2015 to support developing countries in mitigating and adapting to climate change. While this finance represents just 0.07 percent of the federal budget, it boosts U.S. business, promotes international development and improves national security.
The Adaptation Futures conference in Holland last week brought together more than 1,700 practitioners and researchers from more than 95 countries—the largest-ever conference on climate adaptation. From the discussions, it's clear than 2016 is quickly becoming the year of action on resilience.
With record-breaking temperatures year after year and escalating extreme weather and climate impacts, the need for adaptation has long been apparent. Now it's finally moving beyond urgency into real action on the ground.
Experts explain how the Paris Agreement can send a strong signal that the most vulnerable countries will be supported, and that investors need to align portfolios for the inevitable zero-carbon future.
Nearly 90 percent of countries that submitted new climate action plans included an adaptation component, reflecting the growing importance nations are placing on resilience in their response to climate change.
Setting an aspirational adaptation goal—and ratcheting efforts up over time to reach it—can catalyze the wide range of actions necessary for all communities, especially the poorest, to have the means to be more resilient.