UNDP Climate Change Adaptation

What We Do

Climate change is one of the defining challenges of our time. Looking beyond its obvious environmental impact, climate change hits the world’s 2.6 billion poorest people hardest, it’s a matter of survival, and UNDP is responding on the front line.

On the ground in more than 170 countries and territories, UNDP works with its team of specialists based around the world to  develop a unique set of guidance and resources to support countries in developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating adaptation initiatives.

Our Goal

We build resilient nations.

We strive to find innovative, integrated solutions that lead countries on sustainable pathways, where we look ahead and take long-term climate risks into consideration.

We support the creation of robust and responsive state institutions, capable public and private sector management, and skilled human resources able to innovate, adapt and deliver to the changing conditions.

This is done through partnerships.

Our Website

Adaptation-undp.org is UNDP's website and knowledge-sharing platform on our work in climate change adaptation. We share information on country led programmes and projects financed by the Least Developed Country Fund (LDCF), Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), Adaptation Fund (AF), bi-lateral donors and through decentralized cooperation supported by UNDP’s Down to Earth: Territorial Approach to Climate Change (TACC) project. 


About Climate Change Adaptation

For UNDP, adaptation to climate change means climate-resilient economic development and sustainable livelihoods, especially for vulnerable populations – the poor, women, and indigenous peoples. UNDP supports these goals by assisting over 80 countries to integrate current and future climate risks and uncertainties into national and sub-national development efforts. UNDP works with governments, the private sector, communities, and other partners to build responsive state institutions and public policies; strengthen public and private sector capacities to manage climate change risks and uncertainties; and formulate, finance and implement climate-resilient initiatives.

Together with partners, UNDP supports climate change risk management in the context of agriculture and food security, water resources, coastal zone development, public health, and climate change-related disaster risks. To finance this work at the national, sub-national and community levels, UNDP helps countries secure climate change adaptation finance that is available through vertical funds such as the Adaptation Fund, the Least Developed Countries Fund and the Special Climate Change Fund (both of which are managed by the Global Environment Facility, GEF), the Green Climate Fund, as well as other multilateral and bilateral sources. Countries are supported to optimize the use of these public funds by also leveraging and catalyzing private finance for adaptation.