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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
    Fossil Fuel to Clean Energy Subsidy Swaps: How to pay for an energy revolution

    Fossil Fuel to Clean Energy Subsidy Swaps: How to pay for an energy revolution

    A “subsidy swap”—reallocating some of the savings from fossil fuel subsidy reform to fund the clean energy transition—can bring in economic, social and environmental benefits.

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  • Blog
    Why Gender Matters in Climate Change Adaptation

    Why Gender Matters in Climate Change Adaptation

    Effective climate change adaptation recognizes that women, men and children experience impacts differently depending on where they live, how they sustain their livelihoods, and the roles they play in their families and communities.

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  • Video
    The Value of Natural Infrastructure | A PRAC Webinar

    The Value of Natural Infrastructure | A PRAC Webinar

    How municipalities advance climate change adaptation through management of natural infrastructure assets that provide municipal and ecosystem services.

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  • Blog
    Five Ways to Promote Mitigation and Adaptation in the Mining Sector

    Five Ways to Promote Mitigation and Adaptation in the Mining Sector

    In the face of the climate crisis, there is an urgent need for the mining sector to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

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  • Blog
    What is the Business Case for Private Investment in the NAP Process?

    What is the Business Case for Private Investment in the NAP Process?

    Businesses around the world—big and small, from large-scale banks to smallholder farmers—invest in climate change adaptation every day.They may not...

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  • Guidebook
    Facilitating Peer Learning with Adaptation Policy-Makers

    Facilitating Peer Learning with Adaptation Policy-Makers

    This guide is for people that want to hold inclusive, participatory events in which different stakeholders come together to collectively generate ideas and identify actions they will take to make progress toward adaptation. 

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  • Briefing Note
    sNAPshot | Kenya’s Monitoring and Evaluation of Adaptation: Simplified, integrated, multilevel

    sNAPshot | Kenya’s Monitoring and Evaluation of Adaptation: Simplified, integrated, multilevel

    This NAP Global Network Country Brief presents Kenya’s experience with the design of its adaptation monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system.

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  • 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
    Conducting Gender Analysis to Inform National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Processes: Reflections from six African countries

    Conducting Gender Analysis to Inform National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Processes: Reflections from six African countries

    This briefing note describes the rationale and approach that we have taken in supporting NAP-focused gender analyses in six African countries (Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Guinea-Conakry, Madagascar and Togo).

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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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