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Working with governments and non-governmental organizations to adjust to the observed and anticipated impacts of climate change.

Achieving sustainable development requires focusing on the underlying economic, demographic, political and environmental factors that currently limit adaptive capacity and increase vulnerability to climate change. Our experts develop the strategies, tools and policy advice needed to respond effectively to the impacts of climate change on people, societies, economies and the environment. Our work in developing countries and Canada aims to:

  • Increase understanding of effective responses to the complex socioeconomic and environmental impacts of climate change
  • Develop tools and processes to facilitate these responses
  • Encourage integration of adaptation considerations into routine decision making
  • Understand the role that adaptation actions may play in either promoting or undermining peacebuilding efforts

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) planning tool and its specialized versions and provides secretariat support for the Prairies Regional Adaptation Collaborative.

  • Report
    Engaging the Private Sector in National Adaptation Planning Processes

    Engaging the Private Sector in National Adaptation Planning Processes

    This study aims to offer guidance to governments and their partners on how to engage the private sector in the NAP process.

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  • Briefing Note
    From Flooding to Fire: How the Town of Canmore is preparing for climate change

    From Flooding to Fire: How the Town of Canmore is preparing for climate change

    This case study outlines the Town of Canmore's climate change adaptation planning process and the tool that supported it, the Climate Resilience Express tool.

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  • Briefing Note
    Integrating Climate Adaptation in Water Catchment Planning in Uganda

    Integrating Climate Adaptation in Water Catchment Planning in Uganda

    This briefing note provides an overview of the results of a climate risk assessment of water resources in the Ruhezamyenda catchment in Uganda, sets out recommendations on how to incorporate the learning into planning and implementation at the catchment level, and describes lessons for the country’s National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process.

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  • Policy Brief
    sNAPshot: Colombia’s Progress in Developing a National Monitoring and Evaluation System for Climate Change Adaptation

    sNAPshot: Colombia’s Progress in Developing a National Monitoring and Evaluation System for Climate Change Adaptation

    This NAP Global Network sNAPshot describes the development of the National Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system for adaptation in Colombia and shares lessons learned and the next steps in the process.

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    How Integrated Vulnerability Assessments Support NAP Processes in the Pacific Region

    How Integrated Vulnerability Assessments Support NAP Processes in the Pacific Region

    This briefing note highlights the significance of the integrated vulnerability assessment (IVA) framework to the NAP processes underway in three Pacific island states: Kiribati, Tuvalu and the Solomon Islands.

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    Local Climate Change Adaptation Planning in Manitoba

    Local Climate Change Adaptation Planning in Manitoba

    This study assesses the degree to which climate change adaptation is being considered in current local development plans, emergency plans and integrated watershed management plans in Manitoba.

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  • Blog
    Good COP, Bad COP: Reflections from a climate change conference

    Good COP, Bad COP: Reflections from a climate change conference

    Stresses and worries after the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 24) in Katowice, Poland, comes to an end... but hope, too.

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  • Blog
    Belief in Climate Change in the Age of Trump

    Belief in Climate Change in the Age of Trump

    Will more evidence affect climate action, or are we entering a new Dark Age characterized by willful ignorance? Scott Vaughan reflects as COP24 struggles to make the necessary progress.

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    Supporting Global Adaptation Action: NAP Global Network 2017-18 Progress Report

    Supporting Global Adaptation Action: NAP Global Network 2017-18 Progress Report

    This progress report focuses on the NAP Global Network's activities from November 2017 to November 2018. It also provides an update on the Network’s overall progress.

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  • Blog
    What the UN Panel's Special Climate Change Report Means for Canada

    What the UN Panel's Special Climate Change Report Means for Canada

    We comb the IPCC special report to show how Canada already is, and increasingly will be, affected by global warming and climate change.

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