Adaptation Planning

Climate adaptation is about planning for a different future that is likely to have more erratic and less familiar climate environments. Across all sectors of society and the economy, adaptation planning requires a recognition that existing assets and practices may no longer serve society or business as well, and the tools to adapt. This is what adaptation planning is all about. Climate Adaptation Works offers some specific services to address some of these key challenges in different contexts: 


Urban and Regional Planning  

Cities and regions face particular challenges from today’s and future climate disruptions, and play a critical role in safeguarding the well-being of their citizen’s and businesses. Climate Adaptation Works has expertise in addressing many of these urban and regional planning challenges, in particular: 


  • Urban and regional vulnerability analysis: quantitative and qualitative, based on asset and operational inventories, climate scenario and impact assessment, and economic impact and asset valuation changes.  

  • We also perform incremental adaptation planning services to ‘mainstream’ adaptation into all vulnerable assets.  

  • We are in particular competent at urban/regional planning for coastal regions, in both developed and developing countries. 

Planning in Developing Countries 

Developing countries are some of the most vulnerable to climate change, owing to their tendency to be dependent on natural resources and agriculture, and because they often lack the adaptive capacity of wealthier nations because of their smaller per capita economic resources. What is tragic is that they are not nearly responsible for the emissions that are now devastating their communities, and naturally have a valid claim for financial support from the richer countries who have emitted the vast majority of greenhouse gases.  

Climate Adaptation Works is committed to joining in the effort to provide insights that support developing countries in:  

  • Sourcing adaptation finance, including deploying tools like the climate Vulnerability Reduction Credit (VRC™) to articulate adaptation needs to climate funders. 

  • Helping national governments formulate their adaptation monitoring, reporting, and verification systems (using tools like our Adaptation Strategy Valuation and VRC Standard Framework) to support national adaptation prioritization, policies, and communications.

  • Supporting vulnerability assessment, impact costing, and adaptation planning at all levels for developing countries.