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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.

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    Adaptation to Climate Change: Putting people first

    Adaptation to Climate Change: Putting people first

    When we talk about solving the climate crisis, we should have more than just a technical lens; we should also be talking about compassion, grief, fear and hope.

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  • Briefing Note
    Alignment to Advance Climate-Resilient Development: Overview Brief 3

    Alignment to Advance Climate-Resilient Development: Overview Brief 3

    This brief explores country perspectives on alignment of national-level policy processes under the Paris Agreement—specifically, NAPs and NDCs—as a basis for broader alignment toward climate-resilient development.

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    When Life Gives You Lemons: How to bolster businesses’ capacity for making lemonade out of a changing climate

    When Life Gives You Lemons: How to bolster businesses’ capacity for making lemonade out of a changing climate

    Lemonade is the perfect drink for a hot summer day. And while it can help us beat the summer heat, soaring temperatures in many parts of the world could threaten the future of the core ingredient needed for this beloved summer fixture.

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    How Institutional Arrangements Can Engage Small Businesses in Climate Adaptation

    How Institutional Arrangements Can Engage Small Businesses in Climate Adaptation

    Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises need a supportive environment of institutional, legal and policy frameworks to adapt to climate change.

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    Monitoring and Evaluation Systems for Adapting to Climate Change Are Only As Good As They Are Usable

    Monitoring and Evaluation Systems for Adapting to Climate Change Are Only As Good As They Are Usable

    Monitoring and evaluation systems for climate change adaptation should make it easier for people and decision makers to learn what is working and what is not.

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    Paying For It: How governments can help the private sector overcome financial barriers to investing in adaptation

    Paying For It: How governments can help the private sector overcome financial barriers to investing in adaptation

    Private sector engagement will be essential to the success of the NAP process, whether through direct financing or active participation in adaptation actions. Governments can play a key role in enabling this private sector engagement by promoting a number of enabling factors.

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    Why Information Sharing is Key to Engaging Businesses in the NAP Process

    Why Information Sharing is Key to Engaging Businesses in the NAP Process

    Private sector engagement in climate change adaptation will be necessary for countries, communities and individuals to meet the climate crisis.

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    Fossil Fuel to Clean Energy Subsidy Swaps: How to pay for an energy revolution

    Fossil Fuel to Clean Energy Subsidy Swaps: How to pay for an energy revolution

    A “subsidy swap”—reallocating some of the savings from fossil fuel subsidy reform to fund the clean energy transition—can bring in economic, social and environmental benefits.

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    Why Gender Matters in Climate Change Adaptation

    Why Gender Matters in Climate Change Adaptation

    Effective climate change adaptation recognizes that women, men and children experience impacts differently depending on where they live, how they sustain their livelihoods, and the roles they play in their families and communities.

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    The Value of Natural Infrastructure | A PRAC Webinar

    The Value of Natural Infrastructure | A PRAC Webinar

    How municipalities advance climate change adaptation through management of natural infrastructure assets that provide municipal and ecosystem services.

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