Adapting to a changing climate

What does the term resilience mean in the climate change context? Co Chair of the Adaptation Committee, Juan Hoffmaister, and UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Christiana Figueres explain, in the Adaptation Committee’s recent video documentary “Adapting to a changing climate”

Some important concepts…
Climate Change Mitigation

Refers to any strategic intervention and/or anthropogenic action taken to remove the greenhouse gases (GHG) released into the atmosphere, or to reduce their amount, to reduce any risk and hazards of climate change to human life and environment.

Source: https://www.thegef.org/gef/climate_change/mitigation

Author: Emmanuelle Bournay, UNEP/GRID-Arendal. 2008
Author: Emmanuelle Bournay, UNEP/GRID-Arendal. 2008
Climate Change Adaptation

Is the action needed to protect people, buildings, infrastructure, businesses and ecosystems.

Credits: The Climate CoLab
Credits: The Climate CoLab

An example:

Photograph: Ian Nicholson/PA
Photograph: Ian Nicholson/PA
Climate Change Resilience

Is defined as the ability of a system and its components parts to anticipate, absorb, accommodate, or recover from the effects of a potentially hazardous event in a timely efficient manner, including through ensuring the preservation, restoration, or improvement of its essential basic structures and functions.

Source: http://www.ipcc.ch/pdf/special-reports/srex/SREX-Chap1_FINAL.pdf

Credit: Great Lakes Coastal Resilience Planning Guide
Credit: Great Lakes Coastal Resilience Planning Guide
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