Climate Change & Resilience

The world is becoming a more turbulent place. Climate change is the single greatest threat, contributing to more extreme and unpredictable natural disasters, both large and small. At the same time, increasingly violent conflicts around the world are affecting more and more people.

Increasing resilience

Both sudden shocks and slow onset changes and stresses erode the livelihoods of people living in poverty, undoing development gains made in the past. CARE aims to empower poor and marginalized people to take their own lives in their hands, therefore increasing resilience has to be a core part of how CARE works everywhere, emphasizing the impact of climate change at all levels and to build knowledge for global change through our Climate Change & Resilience programs.

Our approach

Our approach for building resilience starts with strengthening poor people’s capacities to deal with shocks and stresses, manage risks, and transform their lives in response to new hazards and opportunities. Simultaneously, CARE seeks to address the underlying causes of vulnerability of different groups of people, and improve the social, economic and ecological systems and structures that support them.


Building resilience goes beyond the ability to recover from shocks and includes addressing the context that makes people vulnerable. That is central to CARE’s approach to Climate Change & Resilience.

Integrating resilience

Key tips: integrating resilience in humanitarian action

Why is integrating resilience into humanitarian action important? The frequency and intensity of disasters and numbers of people worldwide affected by them continue to grow. CARE’s humanitarian mandate…

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COP23 closing press release

Many came to Bonn with expectations that COP23 — the first to be hosted by a small island developing country, Fiji — would bring stronger action to address…

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InsuResilience Global Partnership

Press release: InsuResilience Global Partnership at COP23

CARE signs onto InsuResilience Global Partnership, but pushes for focus beyond insurance for the world’s poorest and most vulnerable. November 14. Bonn, Germany. CARE International has endorsed the Joint…

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press release: cop23

Press release: COP23

Leaders must put the needs of those disproportionately affected by climate change impacts – women and girls – firmly at the heart of talks during the 23rd annual…

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CARE COP23 policy paper

Today, climate change already causes harm, loss and damage, notably amongst the poorest and most vulnerable people and nations on this planet who have contributed the least to…

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Integrated Risk Management explained

Climate change and ecosystem degradation place new demands on disaster risk reduction approaches. We describe Integrated Risk Management (IRM) as an enhanced, holistic approach to increase community resilience…

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landscape approach

7 steps in disaster risk reduction

The use of a landscape approach, although not new, is gaining prominence as an approach to effectively reduce disaster risk, adapt to climate change and enhance community resilience.…

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G20 and Climate Change

G20 and climate change: a safer future

This report outlines the current G20 climate change picture and provides recommendations on key steps and agreements G20 countries need to take in 2017 and at the leader’s…

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Increasing Resilience

Increasing Resilience Guidance

CARE aims to strengthen poor people’s capacities to deal with shocks and stresses, manage risks, and transform their lives in response to new hazards and opportunities. CARE seeks…

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Cyclone Pam

Vanuatu’s preparedness for and response to Cyclone Pam

Cyclone Pam was one of the heaviest storms to ever hit Vanuatu. The disaster risk reduction program by CARE made the inhabitants of the island nation better prepared…

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