The impact of climate change is an unprecedented and increasing global threat to life, livelihoods, and life-supporting systems. Even if the most stringent mitigation measures were put in place today, the impacts of climate change would continue for centuries. UNEP focuses on climate change mitigation, adaptation, science and communication. Adaptation involves adjustments in both human and natural systems to better deal with the impacts of climate change before these become unmanageable
as the lead Division within UNEP on climate change adaptation DEPI seeks to:
- Build key adaptive capacity of developing countries
- Increase ecosystem resilience and reduce the risk of climate- related disasters and conflicts
- Mobilize and manage knowledge for adaptation policy and planning
Examples of activities include assessments of the impacts of climate change on vulnerable ecosystems, and integration of adaptation measures into policy-making and national planning.