Resilience and adaptation

Strengthening adaptation and resilience

The Climate Centre has nearly 20 years’ experience in helping National Societies strengthen resilience and adaptation to climate change.

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.

We hope the guide will help to make National Societies be stronger players in the fight against climate change. 

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

*A 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.  It included more than 50 organizations and was active in 11 countries from 2011–2020, generating successful examples of adaptation and an online library with many further tools and case studies.

*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. We implemented knowledge management, aiming for transformational impact on people’s resilience to climate extremes.

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 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.

Its flagship report was published in 2020.

Global to local

Over the past decade, the National Societies in the resilience initiatives have been positioning themselves towards their governments to support the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Action, the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda, as overarching ways to address risking risks and aggravated vulnerabilities due to the climate and ecosystem crises.

PfR has created an online library with many further tools and case studies of Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan, Mali, Philippines, Indonesia, India, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Haiti.


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.

The kit
Climate Training Kit