This is an extract from the BirdLife Policy Brief for UNFCCC COP-16, Cancún – ‘COP16 – A truly integrated approach to adaptation‘
Planned climate change adaptation may be achieved in many different ways. It is vital that the close links between climate
change, people, poverty reduction, biodiversity and ecosystems are realised and integrated, using approaches with mutually supportive outcomes. Failing to undertake socially- and environmentally-sound adaptation could undermine actions in all these areas – and negatively impact the poorest people and biodiversity. Ecosystems underpin life on earth and all other sectors (e.g. water, forestry, agriculture, health, etc.) therefore an integrated approach to adaptation whereby natural systems, and their role in adaptation and resilience, should be considered and integrated into any adaptation strategy, plan or framework.