Report authors found that adaptation can produce significant economic returns, as well as numerous social and environmental benefits. Specifically, the analysis found that investing $1.8 trillion globally in five areas from 2020 to 2030 could generate $7.1 trillion in total net benefits. The five areas include: early warning systems, climate-resilient infrastructure, improved dryland agriculture, mangrove protection and resilient water resources. These areas represent only a portion of the total investments needed and total benefits available.
The report calls for revolutions in three areas—understanding, planning and finance—to ensure that climate impacts, risks and solutions are factoring into decision-making at all levels. The report explores how these major changes can be applied across seven interlocking systems: food, natural environment, water, cities, infrastructure, disaster risk management, and finance.
Numerous organizations, partners, researchers and individuals contributed to the writing and research. A set of background papers on key systems and cross-cutting issues informed the report content.
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