As climate change continues to impact our planet, vulnerable communities are facing an increasingly dire situation. The current increase in temperature is having devastating consequences and disproportionately affecting those who lack the resources to adapt and build resilience.
Our vision is one of a resilient future where communities - large and small - can adapt to avoid losses and damages from the changing climate. This will enable the most vulnerable to face a secure, healthy and prosperous future whilst remaining in place as much as possible.
At the heart of this lies the goal to allow people to continue living in their communities, with links to their home and traditions. No one wants to flee, and by adapting to the changing climate, fewer should have to.
Our approach to climate adaptation focuses on the following key elements.
- Community-driven programming – using targeted research and analysis, we develop customized solutions that can be scaled up
- Local, national, and global advocacy - showcasing our programming to decision-makers who can influence policy and change systems
- Strategic collaboration with the public and private sector - harnessing the expertise and resources needed to build resilience on a global scale
Through our programming activities and together with our partners, we currently operate in around 350 communities facing climate change hazards. What this means in practice is talking to people about the risks they face and then drawing on our network's expertise to develop and implement the right measures in each situation.
Read the full media release: Millions to benefit from an expanded leading program to adapt to climate change
We invest in tools, technologies, and solutions that address the specific needs of urban and rural communities around the world. And we continue to encourage businesses, organizations, and governments to join us in tackling the climate emergency by driving investments and resources towards adaptation measures.
Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance
The Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance connects with people familiar with an affected community and builds an understanding of how the risks everyone is facing interrelate. The question then isn’t always how we stop the next flood, but how a rice farmer might find a secondary source of income should the river break its banks.