The Adaptation Action Agenda

In today’s world, climate change is both a future threat and a present reality. This urges for coordinated action.

Climate disasters, disturbed weather patterns and generally higher temperatures and sea levels provide multifold challenges. Only by adapting our systems and societies can we safeguard our communities, planet and prosperity.

Why we need a global Adaptation Action Agenda

“It’s time to act now!” – Anneke Hibma

Current adaptation action does not match the pace and impact of climate change. If the world proceeds at the current pace, the climate impacts of today are nothing in comparison to the losses and damages the world will face in 2030. We need much more than the commitments already made and the leadership expressed so far.

The online international Climate Adaptation Summit (CAS) 2021, hosted on 25 January by the Netherlands Government, creates the first-ever dedicated platform of global leaders and local stakeholders aimed at placing the world firmly on a pathway to accelerated adaptation and resilience. By launching a comprehensive Adaptation Action Agenda, CAS 2021 will kickstart a transformational decade with the global cooperation and enhanced leadership needed for a climate-resilient future.

What the Adaptation Action Agenda will do

The Adaptation Action Agenda will present a comprehensive and accessible overview of key actions taken to enhance resilience, and their envisioned outcomes.

It will bring together the Global Community of Adaptation Practitioners, allowing for tracking adaptation actions and brokering solutions.

How the Adaptation Action Agenda will work

To enable this function and usage, the Agenda will be continuously updated, with actors able sign up their actions throughout the coming transformational decade.

The Agenda is inclusive in nature: parties from all regions, adaptation sectors and backgrounds can commit to it by signing up their adaptation initiative to the platform. The precondition for being accepted is having a clear and concrete initiative that will contribute to enhancing resilience, and being able to provide information on how the envisioned outcomes will be achieved.

Children replace concrete pavement in gardens with flowers.
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Schoolchildren in Amersfoort, the Netherlands, participate in the Steenbreek project, removing concrete pavement from gardens and replacing it with flowers so the soil underneath can absorb rainwater.