Climate Change Adaptation
Climate change is increasing uncertainty about where cyclones, floods, and other climate crises will occur, when, for how long, and at what level of intensity. Combined with other human-driven processes, such as urbanization and deforestation, the ways in which climate affects our socioeconomic and ecological systems are changing. Efforts are needed to develop new approaches that challenge the underlying economic, demographic, political, and environmental factors that increase vulnerability to these changing climate risks.
Our work in climate risk management and adaptation in developing countries and Canada aims to help decision-makers devise policies and programs that will be sustainable over the long-term. Through participatory approaches that bring together local knowledge and scientific information, our experts develop the strategies, tools, and policy advice needed to respond effectively to the impacts of a changing climate on livelihoods, cultures, economies, and the environment. Finally, our work has also helped identify the role adaptation efforts play in peacebuilding and gender equality.
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) and its specialized versions, and is a founding partner of ClimateWest.
NAP Global Network
The NAP Global Network helps vulnerable countries plan for the long-term effects of climate change and take action to succeed in the face of them.
CRiSTAL is a project-planning tool that helps users design activities that support climate adaptation at the community level.
Nature for Climate Adaptation Initiative
The Nature for Climate Adaptation Initiative aims to enhance civil society’s capacity to implement nature-based climate solutions for adaptation that provide biodiversity and livelihood benefits to people of all genders and social groups in developing countries.
Climate Change and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Exploring the Linkages
How can we ensure that climate action works hand in hand with efforts to realize sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR)?
Adaptation of Agricultural Value Chains to Climate Change in Madagascar
Working toward the sustainable financing, realization, and scaling of prioritized climate adaptation measures in Madagascar’s agricultural sector.
Gender-Related Knowledge, Attitudes, Behaviours, and Practices (KABP) Analysis of Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management Coordination Mechanisms in the Caribbean
Individual and institutional biases and discriminatory behaviours related to gender can undermine progress on gender-responsive climate change adaptation and disaster risk management (DRM). Changing attitudes and practices in key institutions can lead to more equitable outcomes on the ground.
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Enhancing Caribbean Civil Society’s Access and Readiness for Climate Finance
The small island developing states (SIDS) of the Caribbean region are disproportionately vulnerable to external economic shocks and natural disasters that can instantly erase years—if not decades—of development gains. However, accessing climate finance remains a challenging process for many governments and organizations working in the region.
Mobilizing Development Finance for Strategic and Scaled-up Investment in Climate Adaptation
Helping multilateral development banks scale up investments in actions that align with country-defined adaptation priorities.
NAP Global Network
Supporting developing countries to accelerate climate change adaptation efforts around the world.
ALivE - Adaptation, Livelihoods and Ecosystems Planning Tool
ALivE is a tool designed to help organize and analyze information to plan effective ecosystem-based adaptation.
Advancing Alignment for Climate-Resilient Development
IISD has published three briefs introducing the concept of alignment and outlining entry points for countries to get started in aligning different policy processes.
Building a Climate-Resilient City
Well-planned adaptation measures in Alberta can improve the quality of urban life as well as protect infrastructures, strengthen community ties, and improve economic performance.
Guidebook on Monitoring and Evaluation of Adaptation at National and Sub-National Levels
As adaptation finance and the number of adaptation activities and strategies being pursued by governments grow, so does the need for robust monitoring and evaluation (M&E) approaches at national and sub-national levels.
Nature for Climate Adaptation Initiative
A new initiative aims to support nature-based climate action that protects livelihoods and biodiversity in the most vulnerable parts of the world.
Working across Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, ClimateWest equips communities, businesses, non-profits, and governments to thrive in the face of a changing climate.
Director, Adaptation (Canada)
Senior Director, Resilience
Director, Nature for Resilience
Lead, Gender Equality and Social Inclusion
Senior Policy Advisor
Knowledge Manager, NAP Global Network
Policy Advisor and Country Support Hub Coordinator
Coordinator, NAP Global Network
Canada’s First National Adaptation Strategy Is a Milestone Toward Achieving Climate Resilience
Canada reached a major milestone toward a climate-resilient future today with the release of its first National Adaptation Strategy (NAS) for final consultations and an accompanying federal Adaptation Action Plan.
Sustainable Asset Valuation of Land Restoration in Sodo District, Southern Ethiopia
This report presents a SAVi assessment that quantifies the social, economic, and environmental outcomes of assisted natural regeneration in Ethiopia.
Learning From Gender-Responsive National Adaptation Plan Processes: Insights from countries to inform the review of the UNFCCC Gender Action Plan
Based on the priority actions of 10 African and Caribbean countries for integrating gender equality in their National Adaptation Plan (NAP) processes, we identified recommendations for effectively advancing the Gender Action Plan (GAP) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
IISD Annual Report 2021–2022
IISD knows that, together, we can do hard things. Our annual report for 2021–2022 highlights key accomplishments toward our vision of a world where people and the planet thrive, including a special focus on how we're tapping into the power of nature.
What Does an Inclusive Global Stocktake Look Like for Civil Society?
The inaugural Global Stocktake will conclude at COP 28 in 2023. With the process well underway, the current and upcoming phases of the Global Stocktake must be open and inclusive in order to succeed.
Is the 1.5 degree climate target realistic - and does it matter?
The threat to our world comes not only from tyrants and their tanks. The danger of global warming is as yet unseen, but real enough for us to make changes and sacrifices, so that we do not live at the expense of future generations.” On November 6, 1990, Margaret Thatcher gave this speech at the second World Climate Conference in Geneva, comparing the threat of global warming with the escalating Gulf War.
A Natural Path to Conflict Prevention: Unpacking the nature–security nexus
Despite the global scale of nature loss, its security implications are not sufficiently understood. A beekeeping project in Gabon shows how actions to protect, restore, and sustainably manage biodiversity and ecosystems are crucial for conflict prevention and security.
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