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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.

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    Tomorrow Needs Us Today: IISD’s 2020-2025 Strategic Direction

    Tomorrow Needs Us Today: IISD’s 2020-2025 Strategic Direction

    We are guided by five core priorities—Climate, Resources, Economies, Act Together and Engage—which form our CREATE strategy, presented in this document.

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    Toolkit for Engaging the Private Sector in National Adaptation Plans (NAPs)

    Toolkit for Engaging the Private Sector in National Adaptation Plans (NAPs)

    This toolkit aims to help governments develop strategies for the effective engagement of private sector actors in the NAP process. 

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    Green Strings: Principles and conditions for a green recovery from COVID-19 in Canada

    Green Strings: Principles and conditions for a green recovery from COVID-19 in Canada

    Endorsed by Canada's leading environmental groups, this paper sets out seven "green strings" recommendations: key principles, criteria and conditionalities to apply to government measures to ensure a green recovery from COVID-19.

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    Prairie Wildfire Risk in a Changing Climate | A PRAC Webinar

    Prairie Wildfire Risk in a Changing Climate | A PRAC Webinar

    This webinar, hosted by the Prairies Regional Adaptation Collaborative (PRAC), focused on how fire risk on the Prairies is projected to change due to climate change and how different levels of governments are currently working to reduce these risks and protect communities.

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    Tomorrow Needs Us Today: Resilience (brochure)

    Tomorrow Needs Us Today: Resilience (brochure)

    Often underfunded and overstretched, the governments of developing countries need help to protect their citizens from the climate crisis. There's a new sense of urgency and these countries need your support. Learn how you can help make a difference.

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    Advancing Gender-Responsive Climate Action Through National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Processes

    Advancing Gender-Responsive Climate Action Through National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Processes

    This report aims to help countries engaged in NAP processes use a gender-responsive approach, regardless of where they are in the process.

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  • Blog
    Resilient Recovery: Using climate adaptation plans to build back better

    Resilient Recovery: Using climate adaptation plans to build back better

    Though focused on climate change, National Adaptation Plans offer important assessments of the risks a country faces and can be valuable in devising comprehensive pandemic response strategies.

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    Can climate talks regain momentum in 2020?

    Can climate talks regain momentum in 2020?

    As 2020 begins, climate talks resume and the international community faces deadlines to replace old frameworks with new ones.

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  • Briefing Note
    The NAP Process and Peacebuilding

    The NAP Process and Peacebuilding

    This briefing note explores the importance and difficulties of bringing adaptation planning and peacebuilding agendas together in contexts of fragility and instability. It will also highlight some of the countries that have already begun to integrate conflict considerations into their adaptation planning processes.

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    Enhancing Biodiversity in a Changing Climate | A PRAC webinar

    Enhancing Biodiversity in a Changing Climate | A PRAC webinar

    This webinar, hosted by the Prairies Regional Adaptation Collaborative (PRAC), focused on how climate change could impact the biodiversity of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

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