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Climate Adaptation and Protected Areas (CAPA) Initiative

The Climate Adaptation and Protected Areas (CAPA) Initiative is a 3-year project that aims to use nature-based solutions (NbS) to strengthen climate resilience and protect biodiversity in and around protected areas in the Kavango-Zambezi and Greater Virunga landscapes in sub-Saharan Africa, Belize, and Fiji.

Our Approach

The CAPA Initiative is working with local communities, traditionally underrepresented groups, women, and national and local authorities to design and implement tangible gender-responsive, conflict-sensitive NbS for adaptation in and around protected areas and critical landscapes. 

The initiative is being implemented by the International Institute for Sustainable Development in collaboration with the Wildlife Conservation Society and the World Wide Fund for Nature, with funding support from Global Affairs Canada. 

The CAPA Initiative seeks to

  • tap into the potential of NbS to support local communities in adapting to climate change while safeguarding critical ecosystems and biodiversity in and around protected areas,
  • better integrate climate adaptation considerations into the management of protected areas, and
  • Increase the agency of women and underrepresented groups to participate in the design and implementation of NbS for adaptation and in climate-resilient management plans for protected areas.

Project Sites

Contact us

If you’d like to reach out to us, please contact us at capa@iisd.org.

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