Adaptation to climate change refers to reducing the vulnerability of people and the environment to climate change impacts. Adaptation measures are typically classified as "soft", .e.g., policies or "hard", e.g., hurricane proofing homes. Climate change impacts are already affecting developing countries, particularly the poor and most vulnerable that have fewer social, technological, and financial resources for adaptation. The Bali Action Plan identified the need for action on adaptation, particularly for enhanced action on the provision of financial resources, investment and technology to support action on adaptation.
Adaptation to Climate Change: The New Challenge For Development In The Developing World: A background briefing document on the history and context of the international climate talks on adaptation (UNDP, 2008). Available in English, Spanish, French, Russian, Arabic, and Chinese.
Fourth Assessment Report: Working Group II, Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability (IPCC, 2007): Reports on the current scientific understanding of impacts of climate change on natural, managed and human systems, the capacity of these systems to adapt and their vulnerability. A Summary for Policy Makers is available in English only.
Climate Change: Impacts, Vulnerabilities and Adaptation in Developing Countries (UNFCCC, 2007). Outlines the regional impacts of, and vulnerability to, climate change in developing countries, as well as current adaptation plans, strategies and actions; and future adaptation options and needs. English only.
Adapation Policy Frameworks for climate change: developing strategies, policies and measures (UNDP, 2004). Provides a road map to help provide the rapidly evolving process of adaptation policy-making. Available in English, French and Spanish.