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ADAPTool Adaptive Policy

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Policy-makers and the public are increasingly aware of the potential impacts of climate change, increasing vulnerability to climate change and adaptation needs.

Part of the growing efforts to plan for climate adaptation includes the mainstreaming of adaptation into policies, regulations and programs in multiple sectors. As a practical concern, governments want to know whether existing policies and programs, which were developed to address other goals and objectives, are themselves adaptive to change, including a changing climate. Policies that are not adaptive are more likely to fail to achieve their intended objectives as circumstances change, such as in the case of climate change.

The ADAPTool was developed by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and partners to assess the adaptability of policies or programs in relation to any defined stressor or external change, such as climate. It produces two kinds of assessments: 1) it gauges the ability of existing policies or programs to support adaptation measures undertaken in response to the specified stressor by the policy target groups and 2) it assesses the general adaptability of the policies or programs themselves (i.e., are they likely to respond well under the influence of the anticipated as well as unanticipated changes?).

In 2013, IISD and its partners analyzed policies in four Canadian provinces (British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Nova Scotia) in multiple sectors including mining, forestry, agriculture and fisheries. In addition, IISD created a guidebook for using the ADAPTool for existing policies, a guidance brief for using the ADAPTool for creating new policies and an online interface for the ADAPTool.

The 2013 project resulted in 12 reports, listed below. Some are specific to provinces or sectors, while others are synthesis reports on multi-provincial work. More of these reports will be available to view in the near future.

  • Paper
    Adaptive Policy Analysis of Saskatchewan's 25-Year Water Security Plan

    Adaptive Policy Analysis of Saskatchewan's 25-Year Water Security Plan

    The Adaptive Design and Policy Assessment Tool (ADAPTool) is an Excel-based online tool developed by the International Institute for Sustainable Read More
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    Adaptive Policy Analysis of Mining Policies in Manitoba

    Adaptive Policy Analysis of Mining Policies in Manitoba

    The Adaptive Design and Policy Assessment Tool (ADAPTool) is an Excel-based online tool developed by the International Institute for Sustainable Read More
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    Strengthening Adaptive Capacity in Two Canadian Provinces: ADAPTool analysis of selected mining policies in Manitoba and Saskatchewan: A synthesis report

    Strengthening Adaptive Capacity in Two Canadian Provinces: ADAPTool analysis of selected mining policies in Manitoba and Saskatchewan: A synthesis report

    The Adaptive Design and Policy Assessment Tool (ADAPTool) is an Excel-based online tool developed by the International Institute for Sustainable Read More
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    ADAPTool: Beta version for creating new policies

    ADAPTool: Beta version for creating new policies

    Policies that cannot perform effectively under today's complex, dynamic and uncertain conditions run the risk of not achieving their intended purpose; Read More
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    ADAPTool Guidebook: V2.0 for Existing Policies

    ADAPTool Guidebook: V2.0 for Existing Policies

    The Adaptive Design and Policy Assessment Tool (ADAPTool) is an Excel spreadsheet developed by the International Institute for Sustainable Development Read More
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    2013 ADAPTool Application Adaptive Policy Analysis of Nova Scotia: Selected policies and programs of Nova Scotia Environment

    2013 ADAPTool Application Adaptive Policy Analysis of Nova Scotia: Selected policies and programs of Nova Scotia Environment

    The Adaptive Design and Policy Assessment Tool (ADAPTool) is an Excel-based online tool developed by the International Institute for Sustainable Read More
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    2013 ADAPTool Application Adaptive Policy Analysis of Forestry and Wetlands Policies in Manitoba

    2013 ADAPTool Application Adaptive Policy Analysis of Forestry and Wetlands Policies in Manitoba

    The Adaptive Design and Policy Assessment Tool (ADAPTool) is an Excel-based online tool developed by the International Institute for Sustainable Read More
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    Understanding Adaptive Policy Mechanisms through Farm-level Studies of Adaptation to Weather Events in Saskatchewan, Canada

    Understanding Adaptive Policy Mechanisms through Farm-level Studies of Adaptation to Weather Events in Saskatchewan, Canada

    This case study examines the adaptive policy features of the Saskatchewan Soil Conservation Association's Extension Activities for Minimum Tillage. Read More
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    Understanding Adaptive Policy Mechanisms Through Farm-level Studies of Adaptation to Weather Events in Alberta, Canada

    Understanding Adaptive Policy Mechanisms Through Farm-level Studies of Adaptation to Weather Events in Alberta, Canada

    This case study examines the adaptive policy features of the Alberta Irrigation District Program and select Agriculture Income Stabilization Programs Read More