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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
    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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  • Blog
    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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  • Video
    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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  • Report
    Toolkit for a Gender-Responsive Process to Formulate and Implement National Adaptation Plans (NAPs)

    Toolkit for a Gender-Responsive Process to Formulate and Implement National Adaptation Plans (NAPs)

    This toolkit is designed to support country efforts to pursue a gender-responsive national adaptation plan (NAP) process. It offers a flexible approach, recognizing that there are opportunities to integrate gender considerations regardless of where you are in the NAP process.

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  • Report
    Building Momentum for Adaptation Action: NAP Global Network Progress Report 2018-2019

    Building Momentum for Adaptation Action: NAP Global Network Progress Report 2018-2019

    This progress report on the NAP Global Network’s activities from December 2018 to November 2019 highlights how the Network has contributed to global efforts for adaptation to succeed at scale and over the longer term by supporting developing countries to advance national adaptation planning and action.

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  • Blog
    Climate Change Hits Vulnerable Communities First and Hardest

    Climate Change Hits Vulnerable Communities First and Hardest

    Will the 193 United Nations member states who pledged to “leave no one behind” live up to their promise?

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  • Blog
    Time to Trade Collective Inertia for Collective Action

    Time to Trade Collective Inertia for Collective Action

    To get where we need to on climate action, we need to do a lot of things. Here’s what we don’t need to do.

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  • Briefing Note
    Partners in Climate Action: How Beardy's and Okemasis' Cree Nation is addressing flood-related risks through knowledge sharing and collaboration

    Partners in Climate Action: How Beardy's and Okemasis' Cree Nation is addressing flood-related risks through knowledge sharing and collaboration

    This case study outlines Beardy’s and Okemasis’ Cree Nation’s climate change adaptation planning process and the tool that supported it, the Pathways to Climate Change Resilience Guidebook.

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