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
This project aims to advance the mainstreaming of adaptation in development finance strategies, by 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
B.C. to release 'full' climate adaptation strategy this spring
The B.C. government expects to release a climate adaptation strategy in the coming weeks, but it is unclear whether the plan will include elements that experts say are needed to make it effective.
Disaster Risk Reduction in an Unstable World
Successful disaster risk reduction requires both top-down, institutional changes and strategies and bottom-up, local, community-based approaches.
Synergies Between Biodiversity and Climate Policy Frameworks – A Series of Thematic Papers
These thematic papers have everything policy-makers need to pursue more synergistic responses to address the co-existing challenge of climate change and biodiversity loss.
Sustainable Asset Valuation of Wastewater Treatment Infrastructure in South Africa
This report presents the results of a Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi) assessment for wastewater treatment infrastructure in South Africa
Country Diagnostic Report: Nigeria
This report provides an overview of the current economic, social, and climate (mitigation and adaptation) trends in Nigeria, as well as projections based on modelling.
Country Diagnostic Report: Ethiopia
This report provides an overview of the current economic, social, and climate (mitigation and adaptation) trends in Ethiopia, as well as projections based on modelling.
Country Diagnostic Report: Malawi
This report provides an overview of the current economic, social, and climate (mitigation and adaptation) trends in Malawi, as well as projections based on modelling.
Policy Lab: Indigenous Peoples’ engagement with Multilateral Environment Agreements
Indigenous Peoples must be recognized as decision-makers to help address critical issues such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution, but critical barriers to participation in multilateral negotiations remain.
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