The Center for Global Development and Sustainability

Resilient and Sustainable Communities

A woman works in the field just before a monsoon in Purulia, India. © 2013 Madhabendu Hensh/Self, Courtesy of Photoshare

Humans are dependent upon the natural environment and ecosystems for their livelihoods and well-being. The dependence is more pronounced for the poor, especially in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, home to the majority of the world's poorest people. Projections suggest that by the end of the twenty-first century, environmental change and climate variability will have substantial impact on agricultural production and consequently the scope of sustaining livelihoods and reducing poverty. Working in collaboration with regional partners, GDS seeks to further applied empirical research to develop adaptation, resilience, and sustainable livelihood options for marginal and vulnerable populations in developing and emerging middle-income countries.