Financing Adaptation

Sufficient financial resources and capacity to access available resources are critical for adaptation. Also, various financial mechanisms, incentives and budget systems are needed to implement climate adaptation measures. In addition, the process of comparing different measures, including their costs and benefits, sometimes also consulting with stakeholders for their preferences is important. This can be part of the risk dialogues, when different climate impacts, and needed strategies are discussed. The economic impacts of potential disasters if not prevented also needs to be understood.


Understanding the financial implications of climate impacts, provides the rationale for making decisions on investments. Financial mechanisms can provide incentives for actors to make adaptive choices. This is for example clear in urban development when space is needed to absorb rainwater and prevent flooding. This requires reserving space for infiltration, via for example nature-based solutions. However, it is not seen as having a direct financial benefit for the developer, it will not be implemented.

The figure illustrates the important need for pooling of resources in climate adaptation. For example, if a coastal dune protects the coastline from flooding, maintaining this coastal protection also benefits tourism and recreation that provide great financial revenues and socio-cultural values. Investing in the beach could therefore pool resources from these mentioned sectors. 



Global knowledge exchange - Urban Climate Risk Assessment

13/02/2023 - 15:00 to 17:00

On February 13, 2023 at 15:00-17:00 CET an interactive global knowledge exchange on urban climate risk assessment will  was hosted for city officials and risk assessment practitioners to discuss and exchange knowledge on assessing and addressing informal settlements, and exchange knowledge of successes and challenges with implementation, after risk assessments.

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Forests need additional funds for adequate protection

Forest Resilience Bonds enable private investments to mitigate wildfires and drought

Prolonged droughts in the western USA have led to the need to bring in private investments to mitigate wildfires, floods and erosion. Forest Resilience Bonds are a public-partnership model to bring new resources for management and are gaining ground rapidly.

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News and Events



Group discussion

Community Dialogue- Integrative governance of water sensitive urban design

31/03/2023 - 14:00 to 15:00

A community discussion and knowledge sharing opportunity supported with a short framing presentation

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adapt now for water


15/03/2023 - 14:00 to 15:30

The purpose of the webinar was to create space for experts and implementing champions to share tactics for adaptive leadership, coalition building & coordination, change management, and human resource capacity for their peers and for bottom-up international water policy messaging supported by pathways to action.

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water leadership

Group Discussion: Complexity leadership and roundtable dialogues in Beira, Mozambique

31/01/2023 - 13:30 to 14:30


Water Adaptation Community dialogues presents:  Complexity leadership with a practical application of roundtable dialogues in Beira, Mozambique  


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