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World Resources Report 2010-2011: Decision Making in a Changing Climate

Created: 9/30/2011 - Updated: 3/12/2019


Adaptations to accommodate climate change will frame the future for countries and communities across the globe. Responding to climate impacts as diverse as altered rainfall patterns, more frequent extreme weather events,and rising sea levels will challenge decision makers at every level of government and in every sector of the economy. World Resources 2010–2011 addresses the difficulty of—and pressing need for—adaptation decision making. It examines current decision-making practices, acknowledging the inherent challenge in anticipating and responding to both short-term and long-term climate change risks in national policies and plans. This report then focuses on how national governments, particularly those in developing countries, can adapt to climate change by integrating climate risks into their current practices so as to increase the resilience of their communities and ecosystems.

Published On

Saturday, October 1, 2011


Multilateral / Transboundary
Sector Addressed: 
Climate Justice
Development (socioeconomic)
Disaster Risk Management
Education / Outreach
Rural / Indigenous Livelihoods
Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Storms or extreme weather events
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Capacity Building
Design or reform institutions
Create new institutions
Increase organizational capacity
Coordinate planning and management
Invest in / Enhance emergency services planning and training
Increase / Improve public awareness, education, and outreach efforts
Conduct / Gather additional research, data, and products
Conduct vulnerability assessments and studies
Create stakeholder engagement processes to develop and implement adaptation strategies
Conduct scenario planning exercise
Create/enhance resources and tools
Governance and Policy
Develop / implement adaptive management strategies
Maintain adequate financial resources for adaptation