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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 provides secretariat support for the Prairies Regional Adaptation Collaborative.

  • Report
    Adaptive and Inclusive Watershed Management: Assessing policy and institutional support in Uganda

    Adaptive and Inclusive Watershed Management: Assessing policy and institutional support in Uganda

    This report looks at how Uganda’s various institutions and policies incorporate climate change and gender considerations into planning, budgeting and monitoring in the water sector. 

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  • Guidebook
    ALivE Adaptation, Livelihoods and Ecosystem Planning Tool: User Manual

    ALivE Adaptation, Livelihoods and Ecosystem Planning Tool: User Manual

    The ALivE user manual provides detailed guidance on applying the computer-based ALivE tool designed to support the planning of effective and feasible ecosystem-based adaptation options.

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  • Policy Brief
    sNAPshot | Strategic Communications for the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Process in Saint Lucia

    sNAPshot | Strategic Communications for the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Process in Saint Lucia

    A strategic approach to communications can improve how governments engage citizens throughout their NAP process.

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  • Commentary
    Gender-Responsive Climate Action

    Gender-Responsive Climate Action

    What does gender-responsive climate action look like? Expert commentary on achieving gender-responsive climate action through women’s empowerment, inclusive policy-making and other innovative practices.

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  • Policy Brief
     sNAPshot | Funding Adaptation Through Cambodia’s National Budget

    sNAPshot | Funding Adaptation Through Cambodia’s National Budget

    The National Adaptation Plan (NAP) processes underway in a growing number of developing countries require significant funding that is expected to come from a mix of sources, including domestic public finance, international public finance and private finance.

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  • Report
    Towards Gender-Responsive NAP Processes: Progress and Recommendations for the Way Forward

    Towards Gender-Responsive NAP Processes: Progress and Recommendations for the Way Forward

    This report presents an analysis of progress on integrating gender responsive considerations in NAP processes. While there is no single approach to gender inequality and the linkages to climate change adaptation planning, implementation and M&E, countries often face similar challenges.

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  • Book
    Big Data for Resilience Storybook

    Big Data for Resilience Storybook

    The Big Data for Resilience Storybook explores the links between Big Data and resilience building through the experiences of seven international organizations. 

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  • Commentary
    Is it Adaptation or Development? Revisiting the continuum 10 years later

    Is it Adaptation or Development? Revisiting the continuum 10 years later

    In 2007, Anne Hammill and Heather McGray developed "the adaptation continuum" to tackle the question: "Is it Adaptation or Development?" Their intention was to provide a framework that proposed a range of what adaptation could look like. Read about what they found 10 years later.

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  • Blog
    Cape Town’s Water Woes: An uncomfortable parable on climate change

    Cape Town’s Water Woes: An uncomfortable parable on climate change

    Can the current water crisis that Cape Town is experiencing be seen as a parable for climate change? Aaron Cosbey thinks so and explains all.

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  • Policy Brief
    sNAPshot | Monitoring and Evaluation in the NAP Process: Opportunities, challenges and emerging solutions

    sNAPshot | Monitoring and Evaluation in the NAP Process: Opportunities, challenges and emerging solutions

    This Overview Brief explores the topic of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) in the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process. 

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