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Institute of Development Studies (IDS)



New and innovative tools are needed to support the integration of adaptation into every stage of the development process, ensuring that the most vulnerable groups are central to the rapidly expanding climate change research and policy agenda. In particular, local level adaptation approaches must be linked to national and international policy. Equally, future international climate change regimes must be built on principles of equity, deliver dramatic carbon reductions, establish low carbon development pathways and provide funding mechanisms that reach the most vulnerable people.

IDS Climate Change and Disasters Group is building global capacity to meet these challenges through pioneering research and innovative knowledge partnerships.

·     Expertise: We link development research and policy agendas to climate change

·     Impact: We effect real change through our research and the way it is communicated

·     Partnership: We work through our strong network of developing country partners 

Action pledges 

Reorganising and repackaging the IDS ‘Networks and Knowledge Services’ in a way that recognises and addresses a number of core needs and objectives identified by the Nairobi work programme

  Thommas Tanner
Researcher Fellow
  Merylyn McKenzie Hedger
Research Fellow
Further information


Regional focus All regions
Sector Education and training
Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries
Human health
Water resources
Adaptation delivery activity Capacity building
Climate-resilient development planning
Communications and awareness-raising
Disaster risk reduction
Knowledge management
Monitoring and evaluation
Pilot adaptation programmes/projects
Risk/vulnerability mapping
NWP work area Adaptation planning and practices
Climate related risks and extreme events
Methods and tools
Climate hazards Drought
Storms/tropical cyclones
Operational scale Global

Organizations, institutions and private sector companies at all levels and in a wide range of sectors can become engaged with the NWP by becoming a partner and making Action Pledges. Information about how organizations can become engaged with work on adaptation under the NWP can be found here.