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Adaptation refers to modifying natural or manmade systems in an attempt to respond to the impact of climate change, to alleviate the effects of climate change, and to develop favorable opportunities. The purpose of adaptation is to minimize a manmade or natural system's vulnerability and negative impacts under extreme climate change and global warming, and maximize the benefit under climate change. Whereas mitigation focuses on curtailing the cause of climate change through active intervention, adaptation attempts to reduce the impact of climate change. Both strategies will affect each other.



To better assist governments in setting up and implementing frameworks to adapt to the effects of climate change, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has drafted an Adaptation Policy Framework (APF) as a reference for designing and implementing vulnerability-reducing action plans. By following APF guidelines, nations can not only minimize the potential negative impacts, but can also profit from the expected changes brought about by climate change.

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