According to the United Nations, the Philippines ranks as the third nation most at risk from the effects of climate change. In November 2013, the Philippines experienced the most destructive and powerful tropical cyclone to ever make landfall. Typhoon Haiyan claimed over 6,000 lives, and total damages and losses cost an estimated US$ 12.9 billion. Climate science suggests an increase in the likelihood of such extreme storms. To reduce coastal vulnerability, Conservation International is working with partners in the Philippines to promote ecosystem-based approaches to adaptation.