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Flooding in Nigeria. (Reuters)


International Research Initiative on Adaptation to Climate Change — Coastal Cities at Risk (IRIACC-CCAR) is a five-year program involving in-depth studies of coastal megacities in Canada, Thailand, Nigeria, and the Philippines.

  • IRIACC-CCAR aims to develop knowledge base of coastal megacities
  • This knowledge base will help them adapt to and cope with the effects of climate change.

How will IRIACC-CCAR do this?

IRIACC-CCAR is interdisciplinary and integrated.

  • It will involve the united expertise of natural, engineering, social, political, economic, and health scientists.
  • These scientists will work on integrated, interdisciplinary, simulation models.
  • These will be used to develop, test, and validate, evidence-based adaptation actions.

This project aims to build capacity for LGUs, practitioners, and other stakeholders:

  • It will sharpen the capacities for integrated risks and vulnerability
  • It will build on a tool to facilitate solution-seeking practice
  • It will provide training opportunities for knowledge and practical knowledge
  • It will facilitate international exchange and sharing of knowledge, information, and good practices among coastal megacities.

This work was carried out with the aid of and a grant from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Ottawa, Canada.

The International Research Initiative on Adaptation to Climate Change (IRIACC) project is part of the IDRC. The project aims to:

  • Advance knowledge through research, innovation, and knowledge integration
  • Shape policies
  • Build research capacity