Climate emergency

Ethiopia drought, 2016. Ethiopia has suffered years of drought forcing families to uproot and move from village to village.
Photo: ©EU/ECHO/Anouk Delafortrie | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The impacts of climate change are making needs worse where people’s vulnerabilities are highest and humanitarian resources are already under extreme pressure.

The impacts are expected to lead to skyrocketing humanitarian costs exceeding US$20bn per year. The climate crisis could also challenge the existing humanitarian action model.

To support people affected by crises more effectively, humanitarian actors are pushing for changes within the system and to the system itself.

A need for integrated approaches to risk, disaster and resilience will require a greater emphasis on local actors. Arguments for anticipatory action, prevention and mitigation of crises will also challenge the current post-crisis response model.

Here we bring together knowledge and evidence on different approaches to inspire learning and change.

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Adelaide Maphangane stands beside an empty water hole in the district of Mabalane, Mozambique.
Photo: IFRC / Aurélie Marrier d'Unienville | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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