Thematic Area

Coastal Adaptation

Promoting integrated, ecosystem-based, climate-resilient management of the world’s rivers, lakes and oceans is an essential component of UNDP’s climate change adaptation service offer. The main areas of work include watershed management and catchment rehabilitation, sustainable land management, coastline protection, and promoting integrated water resource management systems. Coastal cities, small island developing states, coastal habitats, and marine environments are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of rising seas, coastal degradation, salination, and other climate impacts. To address these interlinked challenges, UNDP’s urban resilience and ecosystem-based adaptation programming is also preparing coastal communities and coastal habitats to become more resilient to climate shocks.

Human stories

With the financial backing of international partners such as Green Climate Fund, The GEF and Adaptation Fund, UNDP is working hand-in-hand with countries to adapt and build coastal resilience to climate change.

The GEF-financed ‘Coastal Resilience Program’ is Timor-Leste's largest ever effort to conserve coastal ecosystems, with a view to protect people's livelihoods and forge more resilient communities in the face of climate change.

With support from the Green Climate Fund and UNDP, Egypt is protecting its people and its economy from the devastating impacts of sea-level rise.