Climate Change Adaptation
Societies have always lived with climate risk, but now these risks are changing. We work with governments and local organizations to accelerate efforts to adjust to the current and anticipated impacts of climate change.
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 works to enhance the implementation of nature-based climate solutions for adaptation with the Nature for Climate Adaptation Initiative.
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.
Planting for Resilience
Scaling Up the Adoption of Ecosystem-Based Adaptation Using Behaviour-Centred Design: The case of vetiver grass for riverbank erosion control in Fiji
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.
IISD Next: Campus Workshop Series on Sustainability
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.
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.
Deputy Director, Resilience
Associate Vice-President, Resilience
Director, Nature for Resilience
Director, Gender Equality and Social Inclusion for Resilience
Senior Policy Advisor
Knowledge Manager, NAP Global Network
Coordinator, NAP Global Network
Senior Policy Advisor
What Is the UAE Framework for Global Climate Resilience, and How Can Countries Move It Forward?
With the introduction of the new framework for the Global Goal on Adaptation (GGA), COP 28 marked a milestone for adaptation. We unpack key outputs and set out how countries can move forward by strengthening their national monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) systems.
National State of the Environment Report: Uzbekistan
The National State of the Environment Report (NSoER) is a comprehensive document that provides a snapshot of current environmental trends in Uzbekistan's socio-economic development for citizens, experts, and policy-makers in the country of Uzbekistan.
Essential Monitor's Guide for Prairie Water Retention
This guidance document aims to make water retention monitoring a more accessible practice from a technical standpoint by demystifying some of the considerations required to get started.
Lessons Learned at COP 28
Two newcomers to climate negotiations reflect on their COP 28 experiences—surprises, insights, and what they'll look for at the next UNFCCC talks.
Canadian Youth Want to See Stronger Climate Policy in 2024
IISD takes a look at the Canada's Local Conference of Youth demands for policymakers after COP 28.
After COP 28: What's next for adaptation?
IISD experts Anne Hammill, Angie Dazé, Emilie Beauchamp, Jeffrey Qi, and Alec Crawford take a closer look at what we saw—and did not see—on adaptation at COP 28 in Dubai, and where we go from here.
The Critical Next Step: What you need to know about Canada’s 2030 climate target
Canada's climate target for 2030 is within reach, but more stringent policies and clearer government communication will be needed to get there. Our expert explains why these developments are critical for Canada to help avoid the worst impacts of climate change.
Mainstreaming Gender Equality and Social Inclusion in Nature-Based Solutions for Climate Change Adaptation
Discover tools, recommendations, and case studies on how to plan, design, and implement nature-based solutions for adaptation that advance gender equality and social inclusion while enhancing resilience, biodiversity, and ecosystem integrity.
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