Environment and Climate Change
Supporting a resilient environment
Climate change is the defining human development challenge of the 21st Century. Natural resources have been misused during the last century. Ecosystems have been disturbed and sometimes destroyed. This degradation of natural resources has resulted in an increased environmental and socio-economic vulnerability, especially among poor people and marginalised groups.
The failure to respond to this challenge will stall and reverse international efforts to reduce poverty. The poorest countries and most vulnerable citizens will suffer the earliest and most damaging setbacks, even though they may have contributed least to the problem. Looking to the future, no country—however wealthy or powerful—will be immune to the general impact of climate change.
We are faced with a destructive relationship between resource use, environmental effects, and poverty. But it can also be used to improve the climate, environment and quality of life at the same time.
Our approach to environment and climate change is to develop adaptation strategies, focusing on ecological, economic, and social vulnerability, and to diversify the risk. Our experience and competence related to climate change have been gained and developed with focus on an integrated approach, including areas such as water and land use management, sustainable forest management including environmental services, sustainable agriculture and soil conservation, institutional strengthening and capacity development.