Infrastructure includes a wide variety of systems that are essential to development priorities—and these assets may be at risk due to climate change. The accompanying set of fact sheets describes the impacts climate change may have on nine categories of infrastructure in developing countries. This overview introduces the common themes related to infrastructure, climate change impacts, and adaptation strategies, and covers the basic terminology and concepts that are used in the fact sheets.
Infrastructure is critical to development program priorities. Because infrastructure can be costly and is often built to last for decades, these assets are uniquely affected by climate change, though impacts will vary across different infrastructure types and locations. It is critical that the potential impacts of climate change be considered as part of overall program and project development. An ongoing process of adaptive management can help decision-makers understand vulnerability, assess climate impacts, identify priorities, and take appropriate adaptation actions.
Last updated: March 07, 2014