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Designing Climate Change Adaptation Initiatives: A UNDP Toolkit for Practitioners


With the emerging necessity to adapt to climate change, countries and communities are starting to design and implement adaptation initiatives of various types, scales, and coverage. These initiatives seek to manage anticipated climate change risks. Very often, this entails:

  • Conducting analyses of the likelihood of associated biophysical and socio-economic implications of long-term climate change risks;
  • Preparing development strategies and plans to include consideration of climate change risks and opportunities;
  • Reviewing/revising/designing national and sub-national policies (including accompanying legislative adjustments) to take into account climate change risks and opportunities;
  • Developing partnerships, tools, and practices to incorporate climate resilience into investment decision-making processes; and
  • Testing and demonstrating discrete intervantions to manage climate risks.

This toolkit aspires to support all those involved in the design of measurable, verifiable, and reportable adaptation initiatives. It provided step-by-step guidance. As such, it seeks to answer the following question: What are the basic steps in planning and designing an adaptation initiative?

Primary Toolkit:

Climate Change Toolkit

Keyword Area:

Adaptation, All-Hazards, Assessment, Climate, Environmental Health, Evaluation, Natural Disaster, Vulnerable Populations


Institutional Author:

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)




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