Aerial view of a river at a bai clearing in the rainforest, Congo

Nature for Climate Adaptation Initiative

The Nature for Climate Adaptation Initiative (NCAI) aims to enhance civil society organizations’ capacity to implement nature-based climate solutions (NBCS) for adaptation that provide biodiversity and livelihood benefits to people of all genders and social groups in developing countries.

Creating an environment for accelerated action on NBCS for adaptation, the NCAI equips civil society organizations and practitioners involved in international development and climate adaptation with a solid baseline understanding to design compelling proposals and pursue projects, programs, and partnerships that will unleash the full potential of nature in confronting the climate crisis, while also promoting gender equality, social inclusion, the rights of Indigenous Peoples, and positive outcomes for biodiversity and ecosystems.

The NCAI offers three key tools:

  • A self-paced, accessible e-learning course developed in partnership with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
  • An online learning space with technical guidance, resources, and case studies.
  • Targeted virtual and in-person learning exchange opportunities that foster a community of practice.


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