As the risks from a warming world intensify, so will the consequences for humanity and the natural environment—from disruptions in food, water, and energy supplies to increases in damage from extreme weather and sea level rise.
While the changing climate will impact everyone in some manner, poor citizens in developing countries will suffer the most. They tend to live in places more exposed to climate risks, and they have fewer resources to adapt to changing conditions or recover from extreme weather events. Furthermore, governing institutions often lack the tools, resources, and other capacities that they need to effectively serve these populations, and the people themselves have limited power, voice, and access to information.
AP Claass’s Climate Resilience Practice helps governments, civil society, and the private sector to develop adaptation solutions in line with the scale and scope of climate change. We work at multiple scales to develop adaptation strategies that both serve and engage vulnerable people, with a particular focus on the poor.
The Climate Resilience Practice comprises a diverse body of work, united in the objective of building resilience in the developing world. We help city leaders and community members take action to make their cities more resilient. We improve the quantity and quality of adaptation finance by empowering civil society to track financial flows and by building capacity among the developing country institutions. Our Scaling Adaptation project identifies successful adaptation measures and how they can spread across multiple scales. At the intternational level, we advise countries on how to effectively include adaptation in their global climate pledges. At the local and national levels, we track the progress and success of adaptation projects. And we work with the private sector by exploring how to engage micro and small businesses in building community resilience.
Our current projects build on a foundation of almost 10 years of work on climate change adaptation, much of which was conducted by a prior incarnation known as the Vulnerability & Adaptation Initiative. We recently concluded a long-standing body of work with the Unites States Agency for International Development, and we have developed path-setting knowledge products to assess national institutional capacity and support civil society.
Reducing the vulnerability of local communities exposed to climate change by increasing the volume and effectiveness of finance directed towards adaptation.
Too often, the effects of climate change are experienced unevenly. Poor rural areas are frequently the most in need of financial support to strengthen their resilience to climate change, yet they often have the fewest financial resources available.
Governments in both developed and developing countries are recognizing that climate change is already affecting the economic and social development of these vulnerable communities. In response, national governments are developing policies and financial management systems to allocate and manage adaptation finance.
AP Claass explores whether national finance systems are designed in such a way that countries can access international adaptation finance, and whether these systems are effectively addressing the needs of the most vulnerable.