The Nature for Climate Adaptation Initiative (NCAI) seeks to enhance Global North and Global South civil society organizations’ understanding, knowledge, and capacity to design and deliver nature-based climate solutions (NBCS) for adaptation that provide biodiversity and livelihood benefits to people of all genders and social groups in developing countries.

Creating an environment for accelerated action on NBCS for adaptation, the NCAI equips civil society organizations and practitioners involved in international development and climate adaptation with a solid baseline understanding to design compelling proposals and pursue projects, programs, and partnerships that will unleash the full potential of nature in confronting the climate crisis, while also promoting gender equality, social inclusion, the rights of Indigenous Peoples, and positive outcomes for biodiversity and ecosystems.


The NCAI will strengthen the knowledge and capacity of civil society organizations using three key tools:

  • A self-paced, accessible e-learning course developed in partnership with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
  • An online learning space with technical guidance, resources, and case studies.
  • Targeted virtual and in-person learning exchange opportunities that foster a community of practice.

The NCAI is an initiative of the International Institute for Sustainable Development with support from Global Affairs Canada.

Our Pillars
  • Socially inclusive

    Integrating principles of good governance and equity as well as considerations of Indigenous and local or traditional knowledge in NBCS implementation.

  • Gender responsive

    Ensuring that NBCS actively promote and enable gender equality.

  • Biodiversity positive

    Upscaling the implementation of NBCS that enhance biodiversity and ecosystem resilience.

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