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Environment and Climate Change

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There is no doubt that our planet is experiencing the effects of climate change and that vulnerable communities and countries must now adapt to these changes in order to reduce their susceptibility to their effects. Globally, we have to improve how we generate and use energy and manage our natural resources, including water, soils and forests level in order to reduce the rate at which these changes take place.

Vulnerable groups living in developing countries are more susceptible to the impacts of climate change than people in the developed world. Vulnerability to the impacts of climate change is a function of exposure to climate variables, sensitivity to those variables, and the adaptive capacity of the affected community. Often, the poor are dependent on economic activities that are sensitive to the climate. For example, agriculture and forestry activities depend on local weather and climate conditions; a change in those conditions could directly impact productivity levels and diminish livelihoods1.

PSD is committed working with these groups to increase their resilience to the impacts of climate variability and change, promote the use of clean energy technology and the use sustainable methodologies in land management. Its experts have worked across the globe in support of soil and water conservation, ecological tourism and sustainable forestry. Examples have included better managing and conserving watersheds; advising on tourism compatible on national protected areas; devising strategies for certified forest communities; and collaborating on a fisheries competitiveness initiative in Cambodia to assure its sustainability.