Climate Risk Management
Societies have always lived with climate risk.
Strategies for reducing exposure and vulnerability to climate hazards like cyclones and extreme temperatures have shaped livelihoods, settlement patterns, economies and cultures throughout human history. But relying on past experience is no longer enough; climate change is increasing uncertainty about where climate hazards occur, when, for how long, and at what level of intensity. Combined with other change processes, such as urbanization and deforestation, the way socioeconomic and ecological systems are affected by climate is also changing, forcing us to re-evaluate conventional climate risk management (CRM) practices.
Our work in the area of CRM seeks to characterize, through innovative and tailored assessment processes, the changing nature of climate risk so that decision-makers can devise policies and programs that will be sustainable over the long term. IISD’s approach emphasizes participation and the combination of top-down and bottom-up assessment methods, whereby community consultations are considered alongside scientific analyses and policy reviews to identify immediate and emerging CRM priorities.
Citizen Science Fills Critical Gap in Monitoring Freshwater Resources
Most of us lack baseline data about our ecosystems, which makes it difficult to recognize changes and detect early warning signs. Enter citizen science.Read More
Sustainable Finance Key to Low-Carbon Economic Transition
Canada’s Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance released its interim report yesterday with a clear message that harnessing the country’s financial assets is essential for a successful low-carbon transition.Read More
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.Read More
Nordhaus Nobel Recognizes What We've Long Known: Carbon pricing works
In 1984, Nordhaus concluded climate change is real, its impacts are global and comparable to economic depression, and it's likely to occur in sudden jolts.Read More
Safeguarding NDC Implementation: Building resilience into energy systems
This short brief aims to enhance awareness and highlight the importance of integrating weather and climate-related risk into the planning stages of energy infrastructure development.Read More
Harnessing the Flow of Data: Fintech opportunities for ecosystem management
This report explores how new technologies—like big data, the Internet of things, blockchain and artificial intelligence—can support smarter ecosystem management.Read More
Climate at the Crossroads
It began and ended with two new cabinets and two new words: climate change.They were added to the title of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s first...Read More
ALivE Adaptation, Livelihoods and Ecosystem Planning Tool: User Manual
The ALivE user manual provides detailed guidance on applying the computer-based ALivE tool designed to support the planning of effective and feasible ecosystem-based adaptation options.Read More
Federal government announces next steps for establishing carbon pricing across Canada: Reaction
Jane McDonald, Managing Director at the International Institute for Sustainable Development, responds to the federal government announcing its next steps for establishing carbon pricing across Canada.Read More
How Small Businesses Can Support Climate-Resilient Value Chains: Lessons from Uganda
This brief focuses on investments by domestic seed companies in quality seeds, including climate-resilient varieties, in developing countries and the climate risk management benefits for other actors along the value chain. It is designed for researchers and practitioners working on agricultural value chains, food security and climate resilience in developing countries.Read More