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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.

  • 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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    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 fails to make the necessary progress.

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  • Report
    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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  • Policy Brief
    sNAPshot: Linking sectoral adaptation planning processes at national and subnational levels: Lessons from Senegal

    sNAPshot: Linking sectoral adaptation planning processes at national and subnational levels: Lessons from Senegal

    This sNAPshot takes a closer look at Senegal’s approach to vertical integration, the process of linking national and sub-national adaptation planning through the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process.

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    Harnessing the Flow of Data: Fintech opportunities for ecosystem management

    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.

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  • Policy Brief
    Alignment to Advance Climate-Resilient Development

    Alignment to Advance Climate-Resilient Development

    This is the first in a series of briefs focusing on alignment of country efforts under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

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  • Report
    Adaptive and Inclusive Watershed Management: Assessing policy and institutional support in Kenya

    Adaptive and Inclusive Watershed Management: Assessing policy and institutional support in Kenya

    This report explores existing institutional linkages between gender, water and climate change in Kenya.

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    Climate at the Crossroads

    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...

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    Adaptive and Inclusive Watershed Management: Assessing policy and institutional support in Uganda

    Adaptive and Inclusive Watershed Management: Assessing policy and institutional support in Uganda

    This report looks at how Uganda’s various institutions and policies incorporate climate change and gender considerations into planning, budgeting and monitoring in the water sector. 

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