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.
Working across Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, ClimateWest equips communities, businesses, non-profits and governments to thrive in the face of a changing climate.
CRiSTAL is a project-planning tool that helps users design activities that support climate adaptation at the community level.
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.
We've joined forces with young leaders to create clear, credible resources that directly confront the realities of our present and our future.
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.
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
How to Make Investments in Land Rehabilitation Economically Viable
This report presents the results of a Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi) assessment for peatland and mangrove restoration in Indonesia.
How Fiji Does Climate Adaptation: Actions Speak Louder In Virtual Reality
Over here in the US, much of the climate adaptation talk has to do with the familiar topic of infrastructure. Massive structures of concrete and steel are only part of the solution, though. CleanTechnica caught wind of a United Nations project that leverages virtual reality to communicate the nuances of climate adaptation, and they have chosen an interesting location to explore: the islands of Veidrala, Narikoso, and Lekanai in Fiji.
20 Years of the Environmental Integrity Group in Global Climate Governance: Lessons and prospects
Delegates from member states of the Environmental Integrity Group reflect on its purpose and contribution to shaping global rules for the climate.
Gender-Responsive National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Processes: Progress and promising examples
This document is the third in a series of synthesis reports that assess progress on gender-responsive approaches in National Adaptation Plan (NAP) processes at the global level. The progress shown in this report demonstrates the potential of NAP processes as a mechanism for ensuring that climate action addresses gender and social inequalities.
New Initiative to Boost Capacity for Nature-Based Climate Solutions
The Nature for Climate Adaptation Initiative (NCAI) has one crucial goal: to help enable nature-based climate action that protects both livelihoods and biodiversity in the most vulnerable parts of the world.
Seeking Clarity on Nature-Based Climate Solutions for Adaptation
This guidance note clarifies the concepts behind nature-based solutions (NbS), nature-based climate solutions (NBCS), and ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA).
Three Ways the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Process Can Be Leveraged to Inform the Global Stocktake
The inaugural Global Stocktake (GST) will be an opportunity for us to see how well governments are doing in their collective efforts to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement—and where they will need to commit to doing more.
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