Get organised and strengthen institutional capacity

This means creating or assigning an organizational structure to coordinate and be responsible for the climate adaptation mainstreaming process.
This can be done at various levels, at the national level, the regional, local level, as part of a local government and community organisation.

Establishing climate adaptation as a key consideration has shown to be important. This can be done by developing a strategy or integrating it into existing strategies. To ensure synergies with similar efforts, it is important to connect the organisation with risk reduction and sustainable development processes. The institutional capacity needs to be built continuously at all levels and across sectors to provide an effective governance system.


Developing an organizational structure provides leadership, clear responsibilities and coordination. Having organizational structure and clear processes in place is important as it ensures that the right expertise and competence are in place and induces ownership and internalisation of the issues. This encourages a more profound and permanent change in the governance and day-to-day decision-making process.
We emphasise the importance of a national level organisation because it ensures longer term vision and coordinated actions at strategic level, which can guide efforts at the other levels.
Building institutional capacity is crucial for realising adaptation actions.

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