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Working with governments and non-governmental organizations to adjust to the observed and anticipated impacts of climate change.

Achieving sustainable development requires focusing on the underlying economic, demographic, political and environmental factors that currently limit adaptive capacity and increase vulnerability to climate change. Our experts develop the strategies, tools and policy advice needed to respond effectively to the impacts of climate change on people, societies, economies and the environment. Our work in developing countries and Canada aims to:

  • Increase understanding of effective responses to the complex socioeconomic and environmental impacts of climate change
  • Develop tools and processes to facilitate these responses
  • Encourage integration of adaptation considerations into routine decision making
  • Understand the role that adaptation actions may play in either promoting or undermining peacebuilding efforts

IISD serves as the secretariat for the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Global Network, has partnered in the development and use of the Community-based Risk Screening Tool – Adaptation and Livelihoods (CRiSTAL) planning tool and its specialized versions and is also a partner in the Prairie Climate Centre.

  • Policy Brief
    sNAPshot: Albania’s Approach to Integrating Adaptation into Domestic Budgeting

    sNAPshot: Albania’s Approach to Integrating Adaptation into Domestic Budgeting

    Building on an earlier overview brief on domestic public finance options for NAPs, this sNAPshot takes a closer look at how Albania is integrating climate adaptation into its medium-term budget process.

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  • Book
    From Bali to Marrakech: A decade of international climate negotiations

    From Bali to Marrakech: A decade of international climate negotiations

    This book builds on IISD's Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) coverage of a decade of climate change negotiations from the meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) in Bali, Indonesia in 2017 to Marrakech, Morocco in 2016.

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  • Blog
    Canada Must Do More to Adapt to Climate Change, Environment Commissioner Says

    Canada Must Do More to Adapt to Climate Change, Environment Commissioner Says

    Canada’s Commissioner for Environment and Sustainable Development, Julie Gelfand, just called on the federal government to do more to prepare Canadians for the impacts of climate change. We explore how that needs to happen.

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  • Blog
    Adaptation Urgent as Climate Change Impacts Proliferate

    Adaptation Urgent as Climate Change Impacts Proliferate

    In the 1990s and into the early 2000s, there was debate about whether there was a need to talk about climate change adaptation. 

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  • Briefing Note
    Financing High Performance Climate Adaptation in Agriculture: Climate Bonds for Multi-Functional Water Harvesting Infrastructure on the Canadian Prairies

    Financing High Performance Climate Adaptation in Agriculture: Climate Bonds for Multi-Functional Water Harvesting Infrastructure on the Canadian Prairies

    This article explores distributed water harvesting, a climate change adaptation strategy that can offer the co-benefit of enhancing ecosystem services.

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  • Guidebook
    Financing National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Processes: Contributing to the achievement of nationally determined contribution (NDC) adaptation goals

    Financing National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Processes: Contributing to the achievement of nationally determined contribution (NDC) adaptation goals

    This guidance note aims to assist countries with determining how to secure the financing for their National Adaptation Plan (NAP) processes.

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  • Policy Brief
    A Framework for Gender-Responsive National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Processes

    A Framework for Gender-Responsive National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Processes

    This brief discusses gender equality in the context of the formulation and implementation of National Adaptation Plans (NAPs).

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  • Blog
    Telling Climate Change Stories: Five lessons from Saint Lucian journalists

    Telling Climate Change Stories: Five lessons from Saint Lucian journalists

    Journalists play an important role as watchdogs for many social problems. But with a problem as large and complex as climate change, how can journalists tell stories that spur action and help audiences prepare for its impacts?

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  • Policy Brief
    sNAPshot | Developing Capacity for Subnational Adaptation Action in the Republic of the Sudan

    sNAPshot | Developing Capacity for Subnational Adaptation Action in the Republic of the Sudan

    This sNAPshot policy brief explores Sudan's approach to developing capacity for subnational adaptation action, which supports the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process.

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    sNAPshot | Information Sharing for Adaptation Planning at Subnational Levels: South Africa's Let's Respond Toolkit

    sNAPshot | Information Sharing for Adaptation Planning at Subnational Levels: South Africa's Let's Respond Toolkit

    This sNAPshot policy brief explores South Africa's approach to information sharing in the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process to promote vertical integration, which is the process of linking national and subnational adaptation planning, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation.

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