As the effects of climate change become fully realized in the 21st century, the process of enabling nations and their populations to remain resilient in the face of uncertainty will become a global priority. However, building climate resilience is ongoing, as nations work to strengthen their populations’ adaptive capacity, as well as their own institutional and regulatory frameworks for climate adaptation.
Climate impacts will be felt worldwide, and will take many forms. Water and food security will be challenged by climate change, new health and safety risks will take shape, and loss of biodiversity, economic production and livelihoods have the potential to become widespread. These issues will have a greater effect on developing countries due to geography, greater social and economic vulnerability, and low adaptive capacity. Resilience, therefore, has the potential to give governments and populations the tools necessary to avert disaster and respond to unpredictable conditions with confidence.
CIF’s PPCR fund is the largest active adaptation fund in the world, providing $1.3 billion for the purpose of mainstreaming resilience into development planning and investments. Of these funds, nearly 20 percent have been allocated to the improvement of hydrometeorological and climate services, which are essential for enabling informed decision making. Additionally, PPCR uses an innovative two-phase programmatic approach to ensure that associated projects provide long-term benefits while also building capacity across sectors and stakeholder groups.
To further ensure that climate resilience is made a high priority worldwide, CIF has taken a leading role in sharing knowledge and lessons resulting from PPCR projects. In addition to yearly Pilot Country Meetings, CIF has hosted webinars and workshops, such as a discussion series on “Strengthening the Business Case for Climate Resilience.” These events ensure that climate resilience is not only a priority, but a source of guidance benefitting both development and adaptation.