Targeting climate adaptation to safeguard and advance the Sustainable Development Goals

Fuldauer, Lena I., Thacker, Scott, Haggis, Robyn A., Fuso-Nerini, Francesco, Nicholls, Robert J. ORCID: and Hall, Jim W. (2022) Targeting climate adaptation to safeguard and advance the Sustainable Development Goals. Nature Communications, 13. ISSN 2041-1723

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The international community has committed to achieve 169 Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets by 2030 and to enhance climate adaptation under the Paris Agreement. Despite the potential for synergies, aligning SDG and climate adaptation efforts is inhibited by an inadequate understanding of the complex relationship between SDG targets and adaptation to impacts of climate change. Here we propose a framework to conceptualise how ecosystems and socio-economic sectors mediate this relationship, which provides a more nuanced understanding of the impacts of climate change on all 169 SDG targets. Global application of the framework reveals that adaptation of wetlands, rivers, cropland, construction, water, electricity, and housing in the most vulnerable countries is required to safeguard achievement of 68% of SDG targets from near-term climate risk by 2030. We discuss how our framework can help align National Adaptation Plans with SDG targets, thus ensuring that adaptation advances, rather than detracts from, sustainable development.

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Additional Information: Funding Information: We appreciate the contributions of the Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council by grants (L.I.F.), EP/N509711/1 (L.I.F.), and EP/N017064/1 (J.W.H). Acknowledgements: We thank Prof. Nathalie Seddon and colleagues at the University of Oxford and beyond for providing useful suggestions that improved this paper. We acknowledge the image courtesy of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: The content of this publication has not been approved by the United Nations and does not reflect the views of the United Nations or its officials or the Member States.
Uncontrolled Keywords: general,physics and astronomy(all),chemistry(all),biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology(all),sdg 13 - climate action ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1000
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Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2022 10:39
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2022 18:39
DOI: 10.1038/s41467-022-31202-w

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