Promoting effective, informed decision making on climate change adaptation.
Uncertainty is inherent in climate predictions and in the rate and magnitude of climate impacts. A growing number of researchers argue that there will always be some level of irreducible uncertainty in our understanding of the future climate. Yet uncertainty cannot be an obstacle to making climate-related decisions. Decision makers who are integrating climate change risks into plans and policies require guidance and support on how to effectively plan for adaptation despite uncertainty.
WRI’s work provides decision makers – from small-scale farmers, to city mayors, to government ministers – with actionable information to adapt to shifting climate risks. We draw upon a broadly applicable set of principles and a practical decision-making toolkit that includes institutional analysis, vulnerability and options assessment, financial tracking, monitoring systems, and participatory scenario planning. WRI’s process of tailoring these tools for application to specific country challenges leads to replicable solutions for resilience building and vulnerability reduction.