Adapting to climate change: Challenges and opportunities for the development community

Report / Paper

Adapting to climate change: Challenges and opportunities for the development community

AUTHORS: Authors: Dr Tom Mitchell and Dr Thomas Tanner

PUBLISHED DATE

May 2012

RESOURCE

 The profile of climate change has risen from being an environmental issue to a major development issue, billed in a recent UK White Paper as the ‘biggest threat facing the world’. Development agencies are already playing an important role in advocating for cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, but some change is now inevitable. Attention must also focus on how society and nature can adapt in a changing climate.This document aims to improve understanding about adaptation to climate change within development agencies, their partners and the other institutions/individuals working in the development community. In particular, it is designed to stimulate broader engagement and debate on key issues around development and climate change adaptation, which have been mostly restricted to the ‘climate change community’.