Resilience and adaptation

Strengthening communities

Community resilience is internationally recognized as a means to local adaptation to changing climate risks, and the Climate Centre strives to support scaling it up worldwide in line with IFRC’s road map.

Over the past decade especially, National Societies have been positioning themselves with governments through various initiatives to support the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Action, the Paris Agreement, the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda.

In 2023, a new guide was developed by the IFRC and Climate Centre to support National Societies in making their existing programmes and operations climate-smart. The long version includes detailed annexes and user-friendly usable tools, and there is also a summary version.

A how-to guide for National Societies will help them make use of the very best available climate and weather information, ensuring humanitarian interventions contribute to national adaptation agendas and do not expose people to additional climate risks.

A few other foundational projects have been key to the Climate Centre’s impact over the years:

*Our Climate Training Kit, renewed in 2021, aimed to support National Societies and their partners to deliver inclusive adaptation on the ground. A module on community resilience and climate offers tools and approaches for integrated risk management and there is support for rolling out the IFRC’s Enhanced Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment toolbox.

*The Climate Centre was a founding member of the Netherlands-supported Partners for Resilience alliance that promoted transformational change in the face of rising disaster risk, climate change and environmental degradation. 

*In 2014, the Climate Centre was part of the UK-funded BRACED alliance, which aimed to help people become more resilient to climate extremes in South and South-East Asia and the Sahel.

Key links
Guide to climate-smart programming

Guide to climate-smart programming

The IFRC and the Climate Centre have published a comprehensive new guide to climate-smart programming and humanitarian operations for all Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies. Available in full and (from Publications) summary versions, the guide focuses on how to use climate-related information to reduce risk and human vulnerability, and includes detailed annexes and user-friendly tools.

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Partners for Resilience (PfR)

The Climate Centre was an active member of the Partners for Resilience (PfR) alliance from 2011, comprising more than 50 organizations active in 11 countries.

The partners spurred action on climate around the world and brought excellent examples on adaptation for and by the Red Cross Red Crescent.

PfR has created an online library with many further tools and case studies of (alphabetically) Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mali, Nicaragua, the Philippines (photo), South Sudan and Uganda. Its flagship report was published in 2020, the year of a multimedia exhibition graphically illustrating both climate impacts in the developing world and potential solutions offered by PfR.


The Climate centre is a science partners in a new (July 2023) international collaboration aimed at improving early warning and enhancing resilience to tropical cyclones in Madagascar, Malawi, and (photo) Mozambique.

The project, Resilience and preparedness for tropical cyclones across Southern Africa (REPRESA), is the first of a series in a joint UK- and Canadian-supported research programme on climate adaptation and resilience known as CLARE.

It will be led jointly by the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique, and the University of Bristol in the UK.


Climate Training Kit

The Climate Training Kit has been entirely renewed, aiming to support our Red Cross and Red Crescent societies and their partners to deliver inclusive adaptation on the ground. Information on technical aspects of climate risk management, climate-related policy dialogues, finance and much more are available in this kit.

The IFRC and the Climate Centre are grateful for the support of the Canadian Red Cross and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs through Partners for Resilience that enabled the development of two editions of the Climate Training Kit.

The kit
Climate Training Kit

Pass the (PfR) baton

An online conference marking the end of the second and final phase of the Netherlands-supported Partners for Resilience programme included a specially made video, Pass the baton, covering much of the work of its Netherlands-based agencies: CARE Nederland, the Climate Centre, Cordaid, the NLRC and Wetlands International, and their many local implementing partners.

‘A vision not a project’