Climate adaptation offers competitive advantages to businesses worldwide, according to the new report, jointly released today by the UN Global Compact, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Oxfam and the World Resources Institute.
According to a survey carried out by Oxfam, 55% of the families in the Abou Deia region, in Chad, have had to get into debt and close to 20% have been obliged to reduce their daily intake of food, because a food crisis caused by extreme weather.
Mamtaz Begum (35) lives in the village of South Tetulbaria near to the Bay of Bengal. This village relies on fishing but the changing climate is threatening this way of life, and without fishing, there is little else for them to eat. She explains her story.
Halfway through the Cancun climate talks, negotiators have an opportunity to make real progress on a fair global climate fund and climate finance, said Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and Honorary President of Oxfam.
Oxfam and the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) announced they are seeking $28 million from public and private investors for their ground-breaking five-year partnership to help poor rural people protect their crops and livelihoods from the impact of climate change.
Oxfam's partner ODECO provides support to communities so that they can adapt to the drier weather and short bursts of heavy rainfall. A bee-keeper in Honduras reports on the challenges of a changing climate, and describes his efforts to adapt in order to continue to produce honey.
Negotiators should begin UN climate talks with far more urgency and resolve following a year of weather-related disasters, record temperatures, flooding and rising sea levels.