"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change". - Charles Darwin
That notion of wanting to preserve in some way what is familiar to us, what we love, used to hold as perpetual but may now become ephemeral, haunts us now more than ever, as headlines of conflict, war, famine, environmental collapse or epidemics are made even more pressing by the threat of climate change.
For a long time now I have had a major concern about ecosystem-based adaptation: Can we rely on ecosystems to help us adapt when those very ecosystems are themselves compromised by climate change? Can they deliver on the promise we are making to vulnerable communities?
It’s easier and easier to understand the impacts a changing climate has on our daily lives, but we’re not the only ones affected. Climate change also impacts wildlife and the habitat on which they depend. While the direct correlation between a changing climate and wildlife is increasingly clear, to date there’s been less focus on understanding how human responses to climate change also impact wildlife and their habitat.
The devastating floods in Louisiana and the wildfires in California are a sober reminder of climate change’s destructive path. We’re facing a harsh reality: frequent and extreme weather events are now the norm for more and more people here at home and abroad.
As we are increasingly seeing around the world, one of the best ways to help communities adapt to changes is by working with nature to increase resilience, from providing coastal defenses against storms to reducing flood risk for millions of people downstream. Today, Myanmar is in a unique position to do exactly this.
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