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Recent Activities

CRiSTAL Tool

New versions of the CRiSTAL tool and the User's Manual are now available in English, Spanish and French.

CRiSTAL Parks

IISD and its partners have developed CRiSTAL Parks to help conservationists and Protected Area (PA) managers integrate climate risks into their planning, develop tailored climate adaptation strategies, and identify and harness the potential of PAs to reduce climate risks to parks and the livelihoods they support.
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CRiSTAL Food Security Tool

IISD and its partners have developed CRiSTAL Food Security to help users navigate the food system, identify vulnerable elements of that system, and design resilience actions and monitoring indicators applicable to the local context. Download

Upcoming Events

There are no planned events for the moment. Please contact us if you are interested in training or have other questions.

Training Events

CRiSTAL training workshops are conducted periodically in different regions around the world. The overall objectives of these training workshops are:

  • To provide participants with a framework for understanding vulnerability and adaptation to climate change; and

  • To enhance capacity to integrate climate change vulnerability and adaptation considerations into project design and management.

Specifically, the training workshops provide participants with an introduction to some of the basic concepts and approaches to climate change adaptation, its links to sustainable livelihoods and how they relate to the CRiSTAL process. Group work and practical application are strongly emphasized. Each of the training sessions are different, tailored to expressed needs and available resources.

Feedback from each of the training has gone on to shape subsequent workshops, and the training programme continues to evolve. There are plans to expand activities to North America, Asia and Latin America.

Completed Training Sessions:

Lurin, Peru

June 2013

The German development agency GIZ, through its Climate Change Adaptation Programme for the Andean Region, organized a capacity building workshop to support climate risk evaluations in the agriculture sector. The course was mainly targeted at local government officials.

Workshop report

Huehuetenango, Guatemala

May 2013

The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture and CARE, with inputs from IISD, organized a workshop on the Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis Manual and CRiSTAL for university students and teachers as part of a regional project on traditional and indigenous technologies in climate-vulnerable highland farming systems.

Workshop note

Sanniquellie, Liberia

March 2012

IISD was invited by Conservation International (CI) Liberia to hold a four-day training workshop in Nimba, Liberia (March 21-24). The workshop provided participants with a framework for understanding vulnerability and adaptation to climate change, enhanced their capacity to integrate climate change vulnerability and adaptation into project design and management, and improved the understanding of the links between climate change and forest conservation.

Workshop report

Piura, Peru

September 2011

A four-day training session on the CRiSTAL tool was held for representatives of the national government of Peru and regional governments of Piura and Junín in Piura from 13 to 16 September 2011 by HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation (Peru) and IISD. Funding for this workshop was provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Denmark).

Training workshop report (PDF - 2.34 MB)

Estelí, Nicaragua

July 2011

A five-day training session on the CRiSTAL and CVCA tools was held for Nicaraguan NGO and government representatives in collaboration with CARE and CATIE in the city of Estelí. Funding for this workshop was provided by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Training workshop report (PDF - 1.46 MB)

Dakar, Senegal

July 2009

As part of the UNITAR project called C3D+ (Capacity Development for Adaptation to Climate Change and GHG Mitigation and Non-Annex I Countries), IISD organized a CRiSTAL training workshop for ENDA staff in Dakar, Senegal, on 7-8 July 2009. This was followed by a CRiSTAL training and field application in Western Province, Zambia, on 11-12 July 2009.

Training workshop report (PDF - 318 KB)

Same, Tanzania

March 2009

A CRiSTAL training workshop was organized by IUCN as part of the Global Water Initiative (GWI) in the Pangani River Basin on Tanzania's northern border in order to help project staff consider climate vulnerability and adaptation in their activities.

Training workshop report (PDF - 318 KB)

Niamey, Niger

November 2008

This training workshop, organized by IISD and CARE International, introduced participants from Francophone Africa to CRiSTAL and to CARE International’s Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment (CVCA) framework. Funding was provided by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation.

Training workshop report (PDF - 1.21 MB)

Accra, Ghana

November 2007

This workshop was organized by IISD in partnership with CARE International, who introduced participants to their CVCA framework. The information gathered using the CVCA framework was then fed into CRiSTAL, allowing participants to better understand the range of tools and processes associated with adaptation planning and decision-making at the community level. Funding for this workshop was provided by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Maputo, Mozambique

April 2007

The first formal training-of-trainers session on the CRiSTAL tool brought together 20 representatives of development and environmental non-governmental organizations based in eastern and southern Africa. Funding for this workshop was provided by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation.