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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
  • Blog
    Connecting the Dots: How ecosystem services support adaptation to climate change

    Connecting the Dots: How ecosystem services support adaptation to climate change

    What does Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) look like in practice? This blog looks at lessons from recent work in Nepal.

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    Eight Ways Cities Are Building Climate Resilience

    Eight Ways Cities Are Building Climate Resilience

    This essay looks at eight examples drawn from the Building a Climate-Resilient City research series prepared for the City of Edmonton and the City of Calgary by the Prairie Climate Centre.

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  • Policy Brief
    Building a Climate-Resilient City: Disaster preparedness and emergency management

    Building a Climate-Resilient City: Disaster preparedness and emergency management

    This policy brief examines the potential implications of climate change for disaster preparedness and emergency management in Alberta’s cities, and presents options by which the resilience of these systems may be enhanced.

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    Building a Climate-Resilient City: The built environment

    Building a Climate-Resilient City: The built environment

    This policy brief looks at ways to cities can foster resilience in the built environment.

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    Building a Climate-Resilient City: Electricity and information and communication technology infrastructure

    Building a Climate-Resilient City: Electricity and information and communication technology infrastructure

    This policy brief examines ways to build resilience in energy and information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure as a contribution to building urban resilience to climate change.

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    Building a Climate-Resilient City: Water supply and sanitation systems

    Building a Climate-Resilient City: Water supply and sanitation systems

    This policy brief examines ways to build resilience in the water supply and sanitation system as a contribution to urban resilience building.

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    Building a Climate-Resilient City: Transportation infrastructure

    Building a Climate-Resilient City: Transportation infrastructure

    This policy brief examines ways of building resilient urban transportation infrastructure to reduce exposure to natural hazards, decrease potential risks by implementing mitigation measures and enhance adaptive capacity in a changing climate.

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    Building a Climate-Resilient City: Transformational adaptation

    Building a Climate-Resilient City: Transformational adaptation

    This policy brief focuses on how cities can build resilience to climate change through transformational adaptation.

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    Building a Climate-Resilient City: Urban ecosystems

    Building a Climate-Resilient City: Urban ecosystems

    This policy brief focuses on measures related to urban ecosystems that cities can take to build their resilience to climate change.

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    Building a Climate-Resilient City: Agriculture and food security

    Building a Climate-Resilient City: Agriculture and food security

    This policy brief focuses on measures related to agriculture and food security that cities can take to build their resilience to climate change.

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