Rizzo Alessandro, Sifeddine Abdelfettah, Bouchaou L. (2021). Climate change adaptation during the COVID-19 pandemic : some lessons for future climate action. In :
Climate variability, change and impact in southern Morocco : evidence and understanding. Frontiers in Science and Engineering, 11 (2), 111-120. ISSN 2028-7615.
Titre du document
Climate change adaptation during the COVID-19 pandemic : some lessons for future climate action
Année de publication
Rizzo Alessandro, Sifeddine Abdelfettah, Bouchaou L.
Climate variability, change and impact in southern Morocco : evidence and understanding
Frontiers in Science and Engineering, 2021,
11 (2), 111-120 ISSN 2028-7615
The COVID-19 pandemic is more than a health crisis : it has shaken societies and economies at their core. According to the United Nations, the pandemic has the potential to exacerbate poverty and inequalities globally, which makes accomplishing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) all the more urgent. This has led to increasing pressure for governments to adjust and implement public policies to address not only the health crisis, but also its potential intersections with other local, regional or global crises. It has become obvious that climate risks, which are expected to increase in frequency and intensity due to climate change, are likely to overlap with the COVID-19 pandemic and the public health responses. This poses a crucial policy challenge: while keeping in mind the climate goals and containment of the pandemic, governments are increasingly faced with the urgency of defining options for adaptation to climate and biodiversity changes. Investing in interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral risk assessments is evidently off the essence. Proposed solutions also need to be better integrated, considering interactions, trade-offs and associated benefits. We believe that the integration of ecosystem services - the benefits that people derive from nature - in development strategies will help bring about more sustainable trajectories. Many SDGs rely on the provision of one or more ecosystem services. Understanding how these services can bolster multiple objectives is essential to synergistic planning and cost-effective interventions to build targeted resilience to climate change. Based on a cross-analysis of a range of high-level documents aimed at encouraging climate-resilient development proposed by Morocco, this article details possible contributions of ecosystem services to the realization of the SDGs' environment-related targets, identifies entry points and tools to further evaluate the role of ecosystem services in supporting the SDGs in Morocco, and introduces a conceptual framework to study these complex relationships in the face of multiple risks and crises.
Plan de classement
Epidémiologie générale [050EPID]
Développement, politique de développement, projets de développement [095DEVEL]
Fonds IRD [F B010084449]