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.
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
Hurricane Matthew: What role for resilience building?
Striking images of Hurricane Matthew’s trail of devastation in the Caribbean region continue pouring in, as the storm makes its way through the U.S. eastern coast. As the international development community, national and local stakeholders join efforts to respond to the storm, a focus on resilience building can be useful in four key ways,Read More
Financial Services for Climate-Resilient Value Chains: The case of the Centenary Bank in Uganda
This briefing note presents the results of case study research on financial services and climate risk management along agricultural value chains, focusing on the Centenary Bank’s services to rice value chain actors in Eastern Uganda.Read More
Enabling Climate Risk Management Along Agricultural Value Chains: Insights from the rice value chain in Uganda
This briefing note proposes a framework of core functions for climate risk management (CRM) along agricultural value chains and highlights the role of service providers in supporting CRM efforts.Read More
New Study Sheds Light on Energy Sector’s Responses to Extreme Weather Events
How was the energy sector in Canada affected by recent extreme weather events? How prepared was the sector to address these impacts?Read More
Extreme Climate Events and the Energy Sector in the Souris River Basin: Key stakeholder perspectives
Impacts of and responses to recent extreme weather events by the energy sector and local municipalities in the Souris River Basin.Read More
Measuring Local Food Systems’ Resilience: Lessons learned from Honduras and Nicaragua
Climate variability and change are already affecting food security of vulnerable populations.Poor communities are particularly exposed to climate...Read More
Climate Resilience and Food Security: A framework for planning and monitoring
This working paper was developed jointly by all partners of the Climate Resilience and Food Security in Central America (CREFSCA) project.Read More