Climate change is undermining long term development goals and eroding the resilience and coping capacities of poor communities. IPCC reports say adverse effects of climate change will be most striking in developing countries. This is because of their:
• geographical and climatic conditions
• high dependence on natural resources
• limited funds and capacity to adapt or develop clean technology.
Changes to agricultural seasons, soil conditions and fish stocks threaten livelihoods.
Water supplies will become scarcer in many areas, leading to health problems.
Decreasing crop yields threaten famine.
All these outcomes will severely impact poverty eradication programmes and the UN Millennium Development Goals which include halving poverty and hunger by 2015.
CWS partners are seeing climate change as an urgent problem. Many are incorporating responses into their development programmes. Read more.
The OECD says “adaptation to climate change is a priority for ensuring the long-term effectiveness of our investment in poverty eradication and sustainable development.”