A framework for building water and climate resilience – Action on adaptation in the world’s vulnerability hot spots

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Climate change is real and underway, with anticipated impacts that are now unavoidable. Managing these makes adaptation to climate change imperative. Impacts of climate change will mean that addressing global social, economic, and security priorities will become more difficult as time advances. Without effective adaptation, food, energy and water security will weaken, with economic growth disrupted more often and more deeply. At the centre of climate change impacts is water. Fears over climate change focus on projected increases in the severity and frequency of droughts, floods and storms, accelerated melting of glaciers and rising sea-levels. Climate change adaptation starts with managing water-related risks.