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Climate change poised to transform marine and freshwater ecosystems'

Climate change poised to transform marine and freshwater ecosystems

The livelihoods of millions of fishery-dependent people at risk - FAO Director-General urges governments to resolve adaptation funding disputes
Forests and trees are key for a sustainable future'

Forests and trees are key for a sustainable future

FAO publishes new State of the World’s Forests report
Fundamental shift in drought management needed in Near East and North Africa region'

Fundamental shift in drought management needed in Near East and North Africa region

FAO report calls for a more pro-active and long-term planning to become more resilient against droughts
FAO helps countries lay the groundwork for climate-resilient initiatives'

FAO helps countries lay the groundwork for climate-resilient initiatives

Green Climate Fund approves 10th FAO Readiness project
20 actions to transform food and agriculture'

20 actions to transform food and agriculture

New FAO tool lists concrete steps ways to speed up implementation of the Sustainable Development Agenda

FAO's work on Climate Change

Climate change threatens our ability to ensure global food security, eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development. Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from human activity and livestock are a significant driver of climate change, trapping heat in the earth's atmosphere and triggering global warming.

Climate change has both direct and indirect effects on agricultural productivity including changing rainfall patterns, drought, flooding and the geographical redistribution of pests and diseases. The vast amounts of CO2 absorbed by the oceans causes acidification, influencing the health of our oceans and those whose livelihoods and nutrition depend on them. FAO is supporting countries to both mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change through a wide range of research based and practical programmes and projects, as an integral part of the 2030 agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Strategic Programmes

Recent publications

Impacts of climate change on fisheries and aquaculture

A unique overview of the implications of climate change for fisheries and aquaculture, and for the millions of people who depend on these sectors for their livelihoods. This publication maps out solutions for climate change adaptation and mitigation around the globe.

Did you know?

By 2030 Africa will lose two-thirds of its arable land if the march of desertification - the spread of arid, desert-like areas of land - is not stopped. Action Against Desertification is an initiative of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) implemented by FAO and partners to restore drylands and degraded land...

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