Shocks and stresses from climate change, environmental degradation, rapid demographic shifts and conflict are placing unprecedented pressures on ecosystems and livelihoods, potentially overwhelming existing capacities to respond. We believe that building resilience requires flexibility, diversity and redundancy so that ecological, social and economic systems are better able to withstand and adjust to change. It also means promoting transparency, inclusiveness and equity so that risks and the resources needed to manage them are distributed in a more balanced way between people, places and generations.
IISD is also deeply engaged with different partners in a number of adaptation-focused initiatives, including the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Global Network, for which IISD serves as Secretariat, and the development and use of the CRiSTAL (Community-based Risk Screening Tool – Adaptation and Livelihoods) planning tool and its specialized versions. IISD is also a partner in the Prairie Climate Centre, which provides access to climate data and support for adaptation planning on the Canadian Prairies.
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