WRI’s Rapid Institutional Analysis for Adaptation (ARIA) is a tool for civil-society organizations to aid national governments in responding to climate change. The tool examines four qualities of decision making:
- Transparency and participation
National coalitions of NGOs focus on identifying gaps in systems for vulnerability and impacts assessment, long-term planning, coordination, information management, and climate risk reduction. Providing tools for civil society organizations to evaluate institutional capacity is a key component of a broader strategy to focus adaptation efforts on the needs of vulnerable populations, the ecosystems they depend on, and the systems of governance which aid in development and resilience.