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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
  • FAQ
    Eight Ways Cities Are Building Climate Resilience

    Eight Ways Cities Are Building Climate Resilience

    Climate change will have serious impacts for cities. In coming decades, building resilience will be essential urban policy and a smart investment...

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  • Video
    Caribbean Perspective: How is the NAP process helping countries prepare for climate change?

    Caribbean Perspective: How is the NAP process helping countries prepare for climate change?

    How are countries using the National Adaptation Plan process to prepare for climate change?

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  • Policy Brief
    sNAPshot: Getting Started on Vertical Integration

    sNAPshot: Getting Started on Vertical Integration

    This sNAPshot policy brief from the NAP Global Network introduces the topic of vertical integration, the process of linking national and sub-national adaptation planning through the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process.

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  • Blog
     Facing the Climate Change Conundrum: A pessimist’s and an optimist’s perspective

    Facing the Climate Change Conundrum: A pessimist’s and an optimist’s perspective

    We asked a “pessimist” and an “optimist” to share their hypothetical views about climate change futures.

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  • Video
    Introducing the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Global Network

    Introducing the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Global Network

    This video introduces the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Global Network, whose secretariat is hosted by the IISD Resilience program.

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  • FAQ
    How Are Vulnerable Countries Adapting to Climate Change?

    How Are Vulnerable Countries Adapting to Climate Change?

    How are vulnerable countries managing the impacts of climate change? Here is an overview of the trends that emerged from a review of 15 developing countries—along with our key takeaways. 

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  • Blog
    Tracking Adaptation: Linking research, policy and action

    Tracking Adaptation: Linking research, policy and action

    Improving our ability to measure adaptation progress is not only a key component of transparency and accountability for new political commitments and emerging funding, but it is also necessary to foster effective adaptation through ongoing reflection and learning. 

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  • Briefing Note
    Trends in Adaptation Planning: Observations from a recent stock-taking review

    Trends in Adaptation Planning: Observations from a recent stock-taking review

    This brief provides an overview of observed trends in adaptation action that emerged from a standardized review of efforts in 15 African and Asian countries.

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  • Blog
    Taking Stock of Adaptation Progress: Some lessons and challenges

    Taking Stock of Adaptation Progress: Some lessons and challenges

    On November 4, the international community celebrated as the Paris Agreement came into effect.

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  • Blog
    Adaptation at COP 22: Five themes we’ll be watching for

    Adaptation at COP 22: Five themes we’ll be watching for

    For many years, adaptation was a secondary concern in international climate negotiations.

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