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Climate Change Adaptation Framework Manual

Alberta Sustainable Resource Development
Created: 3/31/2010 - Updated: 3/13/2019


Changes in the climate will affect regional and local environments over the coming decades. There are many indications that some changes are already occurring such as shifting vegetation ranges and increasing frequency of extreme weather events. Organizations need to start preparing for climate change and adapt to the economic and ecological consequence impacts. At the same time they should identify and take advantage of potential opportunities. This is the underlying concept of climate change adaptation.

The Climate Change Adaptation Framework Manual (the "Adaptation Manual‟) is intended to help organizations address climate change risks in a comprehensive and consistent manner. It integrates the key elements for robust climate change adaptation: integration with strategic planning, standardized processes, continuity and stakeholder involvement. The users of this manual can be any individual or group responsible for managing or understanding climate change adaptation risks; and may include elected or senior officials, division leaders, or technical staff.

The Adaptation Manual accompanies the Climate Change Adaptation Framework, an evidence-based decision support tool that provides a consistent yet flexible approach to understanding where an organization may be vulnerable to climate change impacts, analyze the risks to achieving objectives and identifying options to adapt and building organizational capacity to respond. The Adaptation Framework can be modified for any enterprise risks as it is based on broadly recognized standards for risk management.

Published On

Thursday, April 1, 2010


Sector Addressed: 
Disaster Risk Management
Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Air temperature
Range shifts
Storms or extreme weather events
Water quality
Water supply
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Capacity Building
Conduct vulnerability assessments and studies
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Community Planning (developing climate-smart communities)
Governance and Policy
Develop / implement adaptive management strategies

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