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Climate & Disaster Resilience

Helvetas helps vulnerable communities to manage natural resources, reduce disaster risks, and address climate change.
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Climate change is taking the heaviest toll on the poor. Every year, we help over 1,000,000 people adapt to climate change, reduce the risks of disasters, sustainably manage natural resources, and conserve nature.

Why do environment and climate change matter

The poor, who contribute the least to greenhouse gas emissions, are also the ones who suffer the most from climate change. They live in floodplains, low-elevation coastal zones and on arid lands because they cannot afford safer areas. Floods and hurricanes destroy their homes and drought threatens their crops.

The first Millennium Development Goal target — to cut the 1990 poverty rate in half by 2015 — was achieved five years ahead of schedule. But climate change increasingly threatens development progress. Economic progress has come at the expense of the environment. And again, it is the least responsible who are the most affected: developing countries in general and in particular local communities that rely on natural resources such as forests and fish for their livelihood.

© Helvetas/Singye Wangchuk
«The forest and the environment are much better protected now that people manage the forest themselves.»

Dorji, Hungrel Block forester, Bhutan

Our work

Humanity has the know-how to create a climate-resilient and sustainable future. Helvetas helps vulnerable communities to reduce risks and increase the resilience of their livelihoods. Traditional knowledge and the latest research are combined to mitigate climate change and adapt to its adverse effects, manage disaster risks, and introduce environmentally friendly practices.

In the past five years, Helvetas has helped over 5,000,000 people in vulnerable communities become more resilient to climate and disaster impacts and sustainably manage natural resources.

Our Expertise and Services

Our approach builds on the promotion of practices that balance livelihood needs with environmental sustainability. Our multilingual Environment and Climate Change team provides advisory services both to Helvetas and external clients.

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Humanitarian Response

In recent years there has been a global rise in disasters. Earthquakes, droughts, floods and cyclones turn years of development progress to dust overnight.

Selected Projects: Environment and Climate Change

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Madagascar Climate & Disaster Resilience

Boosting Income to Boost Rainforest Conservation

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Haiti Climate & Disaster Resilience

Better Prepared for Storms

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Ethiopia Climate & Disaster Resilience

Pastoralists Take Charge of Natural Resource Management

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Nepal Climate & Disaster Resilience

Fresh Start after the Earthquake

Mali Climate & Disaster Resilience

New Strategies to Adapt to Climate Change

North Macedonia Climate & Disaster Resilience

Conserving Biodiversity, Managing Complex Landscapes

Switzerland Climate & Disaster Resilience

For Climate and Disaster Resilience - Swiss NGO DRR Platform

Bangladesh Voice, Inclusion & Cohesion

Local Government Initiatives on Climate Change

Rasht Valley Tajikistan | © Helvetas
Tajikistan Gender & Social Equity

Improved Nutrition and Health for Rural Families

Kyrgyzstan Private Sector Development

Sustainable Tourism Strengthens People and Nature

 Mother with daughter preparing food | © Patrick Rohr
Laos Climate & Disaster Resilience

Connecting for Improved Nutrition

© Helvetas / Luigi Baldelli
Madagascar Climate & Disaster Resilience

Boosting Income to Boost Rainforest Conservation

© Helvetas/Andrew Bartlett
Laos Private Sector Development

Towards a greener and more profitable future

© Helvetas Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan Climate & Disaster Resilience

Green Economy for People and Environment