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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
    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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  • Policy Brief
    sNAPshot: Strategic Communications for National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Processes

    sNAPshot: Strategic Communications for National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Processes

    This sNAPshot policy brief introduces the topic of strategic communications to support National Adaptation Plan (NAP) processes. 

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  • Policy Brief
    sNAPshot: Kenya's County Climate Change Funds

    sNAPshot: Kenya's County Climate Change Funds

    This policy brief looks at how five county governments in Kenya have established County Climate Change Funds (CCCFs) that identify, prioritize and finance investments to reduce climate risk and achieve adaptation priorities.

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  • Blog
    Federal government announces next steps for establishing carbon pricing across Canada: Reaction

    Federal government announces next steps for establishing carbon pricing across Canada: Reaction

    Jane McDonald, Managing Director at the International Institute for Sustainable Development, responds to the federal government announcing its next steps for establishing carbon pricing across Canada.

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  • Policy Brief
    sNAPshot: Albania’s Approach to Integrating Adaptation into Domestic Budgeting

    sNAPshot: Albania’s Approach to Integrating Adaptation into Domestic Budgeting

    Building on an earlier overview brief on domestic public finance options for NAPs, this sNAPshot takes a closer look at how Albania is integrating climate adaptation into its medium-term budget process.

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  • Book
    From Bali to Marrakech: A decade of international climate negotiations

    From Bali to Marrakech: A decade of international climate negotiations

    This book builds on IISD's Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) coverage of a decade of climate change negotiations from the meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) in Bali, Indonesia in 2017 to Marrakech, Morocco in 2016.

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