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Tips and Techniques for Scaling Investment in Adaptation and Resilience

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Tips and Techniques for Scaling Investment in Adaptation and Resilience

The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow recently came to an end. The COP26 forum saw the world's leading countries come together to address vital questions dealing with phasing out coal, cutting greenhouse gas emissions, and providing financial aid to developing countries.

As a McKinsey study pointed out, the potential impact of rising temperatures can be severe for everyone across the globe, including large and small businesses. That is why new methods of adaptation and resilience are vital. With resilience, companies can absorb shocks and emerge stronger. With adaptation, systems can deal with changes that have already occurred or will occur soon.

However, investment in these methods needs to be scaled up. This will protect the future of communities, as well as companies. Here are the top ways businesses can proactively increase investment in these systems.

Understanding Barriers to Investment

For adaptation and resilience to become stronger, let's first look at the barriers in the way of more significant investment.

A UNDP study pointed out some important ones:

Lack of climate risk awareness and knowledge

Often, businesses have poor information about how climate change can affect their activities. The need is to generate insights into the impact of global warming and strategies to reduce risk. Then, cost-effective options can be planned.

Limited knowledge of adaptation options

By using risk-reward profiles, businesses will be more open to investment in adaptation. Some factors to consider are price, operating costs, and sustainability. The benefits of investing in infrastructure and early warning systems should be spelled out.

Lack of technical capacity

Businesses can only integrate climate change risks with knowledge of the relevant technology. Tie-ups and discussions with technical and scientific organizations can be the first step.

Local and Global Thinking

Often, adaptation and resilience are about changes at specific locations. That is why locally-led initiatives are essential. The right investment strategy needs to take this into account. The World Resources Institute greatly emphasizes this. Investment often flows from the top to the bottom, but local actors also need greater power and resources for resilience and adaptation.

Businesses can adopt this way of thinking in various ways. Giving local branches more access to decision-making power is one approach. Another is to ensure that financing is more accessible at the local level. This goes a long way in quick response times.

Building a comprehensive understanding of climate risk and uncertainty is also essential. The steps and funding will then be apparent to those on the ground. 

In this manner, the highest levels can take investment decisions and integrate the local perspective for best results.

Using Imagination and Innovation

The technique of scenario planning can spur more investment. Businesses can get a clearer idea of the impact of climate change and the options available.

Scenario planning involves imagination and innovation based on the best available data. It creates a set of alternatives based on future events. This method uses quantitative and qualitative research. Models, narratives, and visualizations are used to bring scenarios to life. It combines climate analysis with projected impacts to visualize the best possible outcomes. This creates a foundation for discussions about future policies and strategic options.

With scenario planning, managers get a practical vision of how global warming will affect operations. This leads to enhanced investments. 


In an unpredictable business environment, companies need to look carefully at their investments in adaptation and resilience. This will enable them to prepare for any eventualities and emerge stronger.

For more insights on significant aspects of business in today's world, check out our other blogs on the Cogent Infotech website. Browse and learn about topics like the impact of AI, cybersecurity, sustainability, and more.

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