What we do
Climate change could drive an additional 100 million people into poverty by 2030. Countries have increasingly included adaptation priorities in their NDCs pointing to issues of water and food security, safeguarding economic assets from extreme climate events and disasters, and protection and regeneration of natural capital.
Building on the experiences and lessons from a portfolio of initiatives in over 137 countries, UNDP advances a ‘whole-of-society' approach to accelerate adaptation and continues to support countries to mobilize public and private finance to implement their adaption priorities. UNDP assists government partners to scale up the integration of climate change adaptation into policy, planning, and investments at both national and local levels through the support to the National Adaptation Planning (NAP) process and the NDCs. UNDP supports climate change adaptation action in the context of agriculture and food security, water resources, coastal zone management, ecosystems protection, public health, resilient infrastructure, urban resilience, livelihoods, and climate information/early warnings.
UNDP's climate change adaptation works across seven thematic areas to support vulnerable communities in building resilience to climate change.
- Mainstreaming Adaptation
- Ecosystem-Based Adaptation
- Food Security and Agriculture
- Water and Coastal Resilience
- Urban Resilience
- Climate Information and Early Warning Systems
Main focus areas
Climate change and disaster resilience
The UNDP Climate Change Adaptation Portal is a knowledge-sharing platform that highlights UNDP-supported climate adaptation projects around the world. We share information on country-led programmes and projects financed by the Global Environment Facility Least Developed Country Fund (LDCF), Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), Green Climate Fund, Adaptation Fund (AF), bi-lateral donors and through decentralized cooperation supported by UNDP’s Down to Earth: Territorial Approach to Climate Change (TACC) project.
Together with partners, UNDP supports climate change risk management in the context of agriculture and food security, water resources, coastal zone development, public health, and climate change-related disaster risk reduction. To finance this work at the national, sub-national and community levels, UNDP helps countries secure climate change adaptation finance that is available through vertical funds such as the Adaptation Fund, the Least Developed Countries Fund and the Special Climate Change Fund (both of which are managed by the Global Environment Facility, GEF), the Green Climate Fund, as well as other multilateral and bilateral sources. UNDP supports countries to optimize the use of these public funds by also leveraging and catalyzing private finance for adaptation.
Learn more about UNDP's mission and leadership team.
Srilata Kammila, Head of Climate Change Adaptation, UNDP
Srilata Kammila serves as the Head for Climate Change Adaptation, in the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support at UNDP. She is responsible for strategic leadership and management of adaptation programming in over 100 countries. She also oversees UNDP’s support to countries on mainstreaming adaptation into policy and planning. UNDP's adaptation portfolio assists countries to advance climate-resilient development in the context of the SDG agenda.
Srilata has broad expertise in low-emission and climate-resilient technologies and practices, livelihoods and enterprise development, climate policy and climate finance with a particular focus on working with the private sector in advancing green, climate resilient development. Prior to joining UNDP, Srilata worked at the World Bank and guided several projects in Africa, Asia and Small Island Developing States to develop and deploy energy access, renewable energy and energy efficiency policies and investments. Srilata began her career with the private sector, working at IBM, where she led products and services related to information management and business and market development.
Srilata holds a Bachelor of Science (Engineering) degree from University of Alberta in Canada and a joint Masters in Business Administration from MIT and Master of Public Administration from Harvard, USA.