Enabling Climate Adaptation

Heather McGray
Created: 7/22/2009 -


Heather McGray, a WRI Senior Associate and climate adaptation expert, explains how to enable the rural poor to adapt to a changing climate. The livelihoods of the rural poor are rooted in the productivity of ecosystems. Climate change, however, is already altering the functioning of these ecosystems in profound—and often negative—ways. Over 2 billion rural inhabitants live on less than $2 per day. Helping these people to build their assets and incomes will bolster their resilience and adaptive capacity, enabling them to meet the challenges of climate change and ecosystem degradation without sinking deeper into poverty. In this video Heather McGray explains how to do it.

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Multilateral / Transboundary
Sector Addressed
Climate Justice
Development (socioeconomic)
Rural / Indigenous Livelihoods
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Capacity Building
Increase / Improve public awareness, education, and outreach efforts
Conduct vulnerability assessments and studies
Governance and Policy
Develop / implement adaptive management strategies
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Culture / communities
Growing season
Public health risks
Sociopolitical Setting