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Ecosystem-Based Adaptation

by Daimen Hardie on November 25, 2015

Problem: A community’s ability to adapt to climate change is inextricably linked to the health of the surrounding environment. Healthy forests mitigate drought, and intact wetlands prevent flooding. Unfortunately though, many of the world’s natural ecosystems are severely degraded today - just when we need them most.

Opportunity: Including biodiversity and ecosystem services in our overall adaptation strategies could be the most cost-effective way to improve community resilience, and would lend new energy to the protection and restoration of our vital natural environment.

Future: Unlike artificial adaptation infrastructure, which degrades and requires continued upkeep for its entire service life, living infrastructure is self-maintaining and naturally accrues greater and greater value over time. What might be achieved if we start working with nature, rather than against it? Can nature protect us?

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