The Netherlands hosted the Climate Adaptation Summit 2021, marking the first time world leaders gathered at a global event focused solely on adaptation and resilience. What did the Summit deliver, and where do we go from here?
This episode of WRI’s “Big Ideas Into Action” podcast looks at locally-led adaptation. Locally led adaptation ensures local people and their communities have agency over their adaptation priorities and how adaptation takes place.
The Climate Ambition Summit brought together more than 70 heads of state as well as many other leaders from business, the finance community and civil society. While the summit spurred momentum for some countries it also exposed gaps in climate leadership, leaving much to accomplish ahead of COP26.
Many grassroots organizations, including those focused on climate change, stepped in to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Their actions in addressing COVID-19 illustrate the need for local leadership in longer term crises like climate change.
As cities recover from COVID-19, smart investments and policies on resilience can create a triple dividend: helping cities boost their economies; improving equity; and preparing communities for inevitable climate and health threats.
The world is already facing a hunger crisis, and climate change is putting the global food system under further risk. Research and development (R&D) for climate-resilient crops and agricultural practices would have significant long-term impacts in helping smallholder farmers and bolstering food security.
As countries emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic over the coming year, world leaders will face a defining moment. By investing in disaster preparedness, they can set humanity on a safer course for the next decade and beyond.