Adapting to Coastal Climate Change: A Guidebook for Development Planners

Coastal Resources Center–University of Rhode Island (CRC–URI) and International Resources Group (IRG)
Posted on: 4/30/2009 - Updated on: 3/06/2020

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Kate Graves



From the Background:

Adapting to Coastal Climate Change: A Guidebook for Development Planners provides a detailed treatment of climate concerns and adaptation options in coastal areas.  Developed in conjunction with the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the Guidebook is both a tool itself and a link to other resources valuable for assessing vulnerability, developing and implementing adaptation options, and integrating options into programs, plans, and projects at the national and local levels.This coastal adaptation Guidebook is a companion document to the V&A Manual and provides the practitioner with more detailed and sector-specific guidance for responding to climate variability and change impacts on coastal areas. The emphasis is on developing country contexts.The Guidebook’s primary goals are to:

  • Advance understanding of climate change impacts along coasts, vulnerability, and approaches for mainstreaming coastal adaptation measures into development policies, plans, and programs
  • Provide practical adaptation options for responding to the impacts of climate variability and change on the coast
  • Draw lessons from experience on how to overcome implementation barriers and utilize an adaptive management approach to coastal climate adaptation

Authors on CAKE

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)


United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Coastal Resources Center–University of Rhode Island (CRC–URI), & International Resources Group (IRG). (2009). Adapting to coastal climate change: A guidebook for development planners. Retrieved from CAKE:


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