Adaptation of Coastal Areas

The Adaptation of Coastal Areas Community of Practice shares knowledge and best practice for shoreline management, nature-based solutions, coastal spacial planning and coastal climate resilience. Spanning from assessment to strategies and finance, to governance and implementation, as well as innovation to support learning in coastal areas. 

Coastal areas are particularly vulnerable to storms, sea level rise, and other climate change related impacts. Issues such as rapid urbanization, overexploited fisheriesinvasive species, and increased pollution levels are taking a heavy toll on marine and coastal resources.  

Coastal areas make up just 20% of the earth's surface, however, an estimated 40% of the global population live within 100 kilometres of a coastline. The National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data shows that coastal countries produce more than $9.5 trillion USD in goods and services, employ 58.3 million people, and pay $3.8 trillion in wages.  Despite only 15% of coastlines remaining in their natural state, 634 million people around the world live 10 meters or less above sea level.  Climate Adaptation that closely considers coastal waters is needed to protect infrastructure, economies and people 

The Water Adaptation Community is a supporting partner of the International Panel on Deltas, Coastal Areas and Islands (IPDC). Through its involvement in the ‘action holder’ layer of the IPDC, one of the three key layers of the panel, this partnership aims to foster innovative solutions, insights and knowledge sharing via the WAC’s Communities of Practices. 

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Community Dialogue - mainstreaming water adaptation

08/11/2022 - 16:00

Water governance is often not fit to respond to the adaptation challenges, being fragmented and insufficiently integrated with climate change planning. National, provincial and municipal governments and water boards hold different responsibilities for putting in place good water governance but sometimes lack capacity and coordination. Therefore, the current water crisis is very much a governance crisis exacerbated by climate change

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Webinar on coastal adaptation

Webinar: Scaling up Nature based Solutions for adaptation in coastal areas

23/06/2022 - 12:30 to 14:00

In this webinar, on the 23rd of June, speakers presented coastal adaptation strategies where Nature based Solutions have been used. They explored the challenges and opportunities for upscaling these solutions and discussed the policy framework and financial support to upscale NbS.

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Webinar: Climate Adaptation in Agriculture: Water for Food Security

06/04/2022 - 09:30

The quest to secure water for agriculture is central to addressing global food security. Agriculture uses about 70% of global water resources, even as demands from other sectors are increasing sharply. Speakers at this webinar covered the water- food security links, and ensuring water security by better management.

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