Sri Lanka, a small island and developing nation, vulnerable to climate change effects such as temperature rise, rainfall variability, and sea-level rise affecting its key sectors such as agriculture, fisheries, water, human health, coastal and marine, ecosystems and biodiversity, infrastructure and human settlements.
To address climate change impacts on its country, Sri Lanka has launched a National Adaptation Plan for Climate Change Impacts from 2016 to 2025. The report shows what sectors are most vulnerable and how the country plans to adapt and protect its resources.
For Sri Lanka to successfully adapt to climate change would depend on its vulnerability and adaptive capacity. Adaptive capacity refers to Sri Lanka’s knowledge and skills, technology, livelihood assets, and information.
The report shows significant gaps and barriers on all factors and a need to bolster the country’s adaptive capacity.
Sri Lanka’s climate adaptation plan is also in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), which government leaders adopted during the UN General Assembly.
The country has also pledged its contributions to mitigate and adapt to climate change during the Paris Climate Agreement in April 2016.
Sri Lanka’s NAP covers the need for adaptation on two levels- the need to adapt to critical sectors enumerating its nine vulnerable sectors and cross-cutting national needs to build climate resilience.
Read Sri Lanka’s National Climate Adaptation Plan by clicking on the link below:
National Adaptation Plan for Climate Change Impacts in Sri Lanka 2016 – 2026. Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment Sri Lanka. Retrieved from https://www4.unfccc.int/sites/NAPC/Documents%20NAP/National%20Reports/National%20Adaptation%20Plan%20of%20Sri%20Lanka.pdf