Introduction to the Adaptation Network


The Adaptation Network is a platform for sharing experiences, practical approaches and frameworks relating to climate change adaptation. Membership includes representatives from civil society, government, parastatals, academia and business.

The Network is hosted by the Environmental Monitoring Group, a civil society organisation based in Cape Town. The secretariat is guided by a Steering Committee which is elected annually at the annual general meetings.

Membership is open to all who subscribe to the values of the network and work in the field of climate change adaptation.

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Quick Facts

The Earth’s climate system is warming, and it is clear that human activities are influencing the climate system.

The main cause of warming is the increase in the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere since 1750

Natural and human systems on all continents and across the oceans have been impacted by climate change in recent decades.

Since the 1980’s, each decade has been warmer than the one before

Sea level rose by 19 cm between 1901 and 2010, the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets are losing mass, glaciers worldwide are shrinking, and Arctic sea ice is decreasing.

Warming will continue as long as greenhouse gas emission continues.

Reducing greenhouse emissions by substantial amounts, and sustaining this reduction, can limit future climate change impacts and their severity.

Options to mitigate climate change, or reduce greenhouse emissions, exist in all sectors of the economy and in many cases mitigation is more cost effective than business as usual.

However effective mitigation is, there will still be impacts on human and natural systems as a result of the greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere. This means that adaptation measures, or actions to reduce the impacts of climate change, are inherently necessary.

Effective adaptation will need policy and action across different scales, from international to local, and across different sectors, from energy intensive industries to individual households.

Adaptation Support Desk

Do you have a specific question about adaptation implementation? The Adaptation Support Desk is designed to support Adaptation Network members in their engagement in adaptation processes.

You can contact the Adaptation Support Desk with a specific adaptation related query, and we draw on the network of the members and associates to assist you. In this process, we might provide information and links to relevant information or put you in touch with resource persons from the spheres of policy, academia and adaptation practice.

Support Desk

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The Adaptation Network produces a monthly electronic newsletter that covers adaptation related processes and showcases adaptation projects.  If you would like to receive our newsletter, you are welcome to subscribe.

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