Climate adaptation and mitigation

The climate crisis is undermining our systems. Our goal is to accelerate action for the world’s most vulnerable people.

The climate crisis means that the world is unsafe, uncertain, and unpredictable for billions of people, and it threatens to reverse gains made in ending hunger and malnutrition. Unchecked, the UN estimates that the climate crisis could drive an additional 100 million people into poverty by 2030. 

Climate change impacts the poor disproportionally and exacerbates pre-existing inequalities, making communities more vulnerable. Adapting to changing weather patterns and extreme climate events has to be a top priority for the world’s lower middle-income countries in Africa and Asia. 

A systematic global approach 

The breakthrough in 2022 took place at the UNFCCC COP27 climate conference in agreeing to a Loss and Damage Fund for vulnerable countries as a response to those whose lives and livelihoods are ruined by the very worst impacts of climate change.  

In addition to significant financial resources, we need to adopt a more systematic global approach to address the complexity of the climate crisis and create a more resilient future for all. That’s why we put marginalised communities and people living in poverty at the heart of our work. 

Supporting climate justice 

SNV is acting to address the climate crisis at pace, applying our strong foundations and technical expertise across all of our work. Extreme climate events destroy crops and livestock, and damage infrastructure. Water security is under threat. Better, cleaner, and more sustainable energy processes are crucial to livelihoods. 

We place a strong emphasis on adapting to the impacts of the climate crisis. We aim to strengthen institutions, make markets inclusive, mobilise finance, and enable effective governance, reducing gender inequalities and barriers to social inclusion. 

Take the BRILHO programme in Mozambique where we have helped deploy 152,000 Solar Home Systems connections and over 71,000 Improved Cooking Solutions. This increased flow of resources has benefited over 1.1 million people across all provinces of the country of whom 85% live in rural areas.

In all our work, we ensure a fully supported systems change approach in transforming the way food, energy, and water is produced, supplied, and consumed. We do this to meet global climate targets and ultimately enable sustainable and more equitable lives for all. 

Climate news and stories

20 September 2023Press release

DFCD receives €40m from Dutch Government for climate finance in vulnerable countries

14 September 2023Blog

The climate crisis and the UN's new agenda for peace

8 September 2023Blog

More and better-quality water data: an urgent need for water-insecure parts of the world

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