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 provides secretariat support for the Prairies Regional Adaptation Collaborative.
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.
The Prairies Regional Adaptation Collaborative
The Prairies Regional Adaptation Collaborative (PRAC) works to increase capacity on the Canadian Prairies to prepare for the impacts of climate change.
CRiSTAL is a project-planning tool that helps users design activities that support climate adaptation at the community level.
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.
NAP Global Network
The National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Global Network works to enhance adaptation planning and action in developing countries.
ALivE - Adaptation, Livelihoods and Ecosystems Planning Tool
ALivE is a computer-based tool designed to support its users in organising and analysing information to plan effective EbA options within a broader EbA planning process. ALivE stands for Adaptation, Livelihoods and Ecosystems.
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.
Big Data for Resilience
Big Data is dramatically changing the way in which data is collected and processed. IISD's Big Data for Resilience initiative looks to bridge the gap between Big Data and resilience programming.
The Task Force for a Resilient Recovery
Task Force members are determined to make sure Canadian governments get the best advice on building a resilient economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Integrating Copernicus Climate Data in the Sustainable Asset Valuation
Connecting authoritative data on climate in Europe and the rest of the world to the Sustainable Asset Valuation model to generate sophisticated analyses on the costs of climate-related risks and climate-related externalities.
Director, Adaptation (Canada)
Senior Director, Resilience
Senior Policy Advisor and Lead, ECP
Manager, NAP Global Network
Policy Advisor, Adaptation
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How Farmers in Zanzibar Are Tackling Climate Change From the Ground Up
This episode reveals how farmers on a small island off Tanzania are finding creative ways to regenerate the local ecosystem and adapt to climate change.
Toolkit for Engaging the Private Sector in National Adaptation Plans (NAPs)
This toolkit aims to help governments develop strategies for the effective engagement of private sector actors in the NAP process.
Prairie Wildfire Risk in a Changing Climate
This webinar focused on fire risk in the Canadian Prairies, projecting change due to climate change and how levels of governments are reducing these risks and protecting communities.
Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi) of Senegal’s Saloum Delta
The assessment provides an economic valuation of the contribution of the Saloum Delta to local livelihoods and regional development.
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Green Strings: Principles and conditions for a green recovery from COVID-19 in Canada
Endorsed by Canada's leading environmental groups, this paper sets out seven "green strings" recommendations to apply to government measures to ensure a green recovery from COVID-19.
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