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About Resilience

Our multidisciplinary team of policy researchers works with governments, civil society, communities and businesses to help them manage climate- and conflict-related risks. 

Shocks and stresses from climate change, environmental degradation, rapid demographic shifts and conflict are placing unprecedented pressures on ecosystems and livelihoods, potentially overwhelming existing capacities to respond.

In this uncertain context, achieving the Sustainable Development Goals will mean redesigning economic policies, development programs and business strategies to perform under a variety of new conditions. 

IISD is a pioneer in participatory risk management. Our experts were among the first to develop tools that assess the links between environmental change and human security. We train practitioners around the world – from project managers to peacekeepers – to address the environmental sources of conflict. We turn assessments into action by supporting governments to devise climate adaptation strategies.

IISD also 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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