Climate Change Adaptation

The effects of man-made climate change are dramatic and uncontested and whereas mitigation still remains a priority, it’s now recognized that adaptation is essential too, because there is no escaping the effects of climate change, whatever we do.

Climate change affects the populations and distributions of species, the composition of ecological communities, and nature’s provision of goods and services – such as food, fuel and clean water. Climate change also compounds other major threats to biodiversity, such as invasive alien species, habitat fragmentation and overexploitation.

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BirdLife International has always been advocating ecosystem based adaptation, which is based on the fact that healthy ecosystems are more resilient to climate change and our best insurance against its effects. Ecosystem based adaptation follows two main avenues, one which aims to maintain and strengthen resilience of ecosystems and wildlife and one to accommodate change.

Working towards climate change adaptation will increasingly become really important for BirdLife Cyprus, as Cyprus is among the countries that are predicted to experience up to 4oC temperature increase according to a medium prediction scenario of 3.3oC degrees increase globally towards the end of the century and will experience much more intense droughts.

The importance of climate change adaptation, and its implications in all policy fields, needs also to become a central government policy in order to prepare for the effects of climate change.

Further reading:
  • BirdLife International’s full position on climate change – Read Here
  • The Messengers : What bird’s tell us about impacts from climate change – Read Here
  • Partners with Nature – BirdLife International’s report on ecosystem-based adaptation – Read Here

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