The climate is changing, putting a range of natural and human systems at risk and prompting communities, governments, and organizations to step up their efforts to adapt. The learning curve can be steep, but certainly manageable given the wealth of methods and information to support adaptation planning. The goal is to manage current and future negative outcomes and capitalize on opportunities that may present themselves under a changing climate.

Adaptation Policy and Program Information

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Adaptation Planning and Decision-Making

  • Assess and/or build adaptive capacity
  • Develop, implement and recommend local and regional adaptation plans
  • Develop climate indicators
  • Develop decision-support tools and frameworks for addressing climate risks, vulnerabilities and impacts
  • Mainstream adaptation into decision-making, management and existing policies
  • Identify and prioritize opportunities, options, actions and best practices to cope with and adapt to climate change
  • Evaluate the cost-effectiveness of adaptation options

Communications, Outreach, Education and Engagement

  • Facilitate collaboration among stakeholders
  • Promote community-level engagement on adaptation
  • Promote communication resources, tools and material
  • Increase adaptation knowledge and awareness
  • Host workshops and training sessions
  • Communicate climate change information
  • Raise awareness and build adaptation capacity

Data Collection

  • Research best practices
  • Collect community and local knowledge
  • Conduct research

Policy Review and Analysis

  • Identify policies and plans that enable or create barriers to effective adaptation

Program Management

  • Facilitate collaboration among stakeholders
  • Coordinate meetings and workshops among team members
  • Provide expert consultancy knowledge and advice
  • Measure/evaluate project success