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Action to Adapt


Building resilient societies and economies will be key to coping with climate change. Many nations and communities are already doing this but far greater action and ambition will be needed to cost effectively manage the risks and impacts of extreme weather events now and into the future.

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The UNFCCC Newsroom is featuring a climate photo of the week. If you have cool photos of high quality that you might want us to feature please e-mail newsroom@unfccc.int with a caption, date and place where the photo was taken plus any copyright restrictions.


Aftermath of cyclone Aila

This week's climate photo by Kadir van Lohuizen captures the aftermath of Cyclone Aila, that hit Bangladesh in 2009. The photo shows a mother and her daughter at Bainpara, their village in district Dakop, where most of houses were destroyed. The cyclone hit the area with a surge of 10 meters and the water since then has hardly recededBangladesh presently has a total of 6,5 million displaced people due to floods and sea level rise.

This and other photos taken in Kiribati, Papua New Guinea or Fiji will be featured in an exhibit during the COP 20/CMP 10, in Lima, Peru, on 1 to 12 December. The Future is Priceless: The Human Consequences of the Rising Sea Level will be a multimedia exhibition designed to highlight both the immense complexities associated with in-island and inter-island movement where people are already trying to adapt to sea level rise as well as the specific human rights implications involved with such involuntary movements.

Photography by Kadir van Lohuizen.

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