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The Global Adaptation Institute's (GAIN) mission is to enhance the world's understanding of the urgency for adaptation to climate change and other global forces and for the support needed through private and public investments for developing countries. Climate change, population growth, urbanization and resource scarcity jeopardize the improvements made on many human development goals, particularly in developing nations. The world must adapt now, and adapt in a way that harnesses human ingenuity and creativity.
Through the open-source GAIN Index, demonstration projects and outreach with businesses, government leaders and other NGOs, GAIN is showing how the private sector can bring about change to help those most vulnerable adapt.
GAIN is concentrating its efforts in four sectors crucial to saving lives and improving livelihoods:
Reliable water supplies are the basis for economies and civilizations. Industry, agriculture and human health can be immediately impacted by alterations in water levels and precipitation. Technologies that make water use more efficient will be in high demand and resilient water distribution systems will save lives.
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Rising sea levels will create challenges to any nation with a coastline and those communities living near the sea. Land loss will not only lead to a decline in the value of coastal property, but also eliminate livelihoods dependent on fishing and tourism in these areas.
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Food & Agriculture
Billions around the world depend on agriculture and on the land they farm for their livelihood and subsistence. Population growth, environmental degradation and climate change are all stresses on current agricultural production. Through research and development, the private sector can help develop more drought-resistant crops, irrigation techniques and delivery systems to help provide safety nets for farmers experiencing increasing uncertainty.
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Energy plays a fundamental role in the economic, social and technological development of all societies. Climate change will affect all energy systems - from traditional wood burning to industrial fossil fuel and renewable energy production. Increases in natural disasters can disrupt energy transport and transmission routes, as well as physically damage energy facilities.
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