Climate Change

We support innovations that will help vulnerable people and communities adapt to climate change.

IDRC is among the agencies representing Canada at the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), December 2-14 in Katowice, Poland.

We believe research is crucial to any successful, long-term mitigation of climate change impacts on the world’s most vulnerable. This is why, as an official UNFCCC observer agency, IDRC supports innovations that will help people and communities adapt to climate change.

Building a resilient future for all means taking lasting action on climate change today — join the conversation on-site at COP24 or on social media.

The goal of the Climate Change program is to support partnerships and networks that build evidence for solutions and the use of technology to generate social and economic gains and guard against future climate impacts.

The program has three priorities:

  • Generate new knowledge and inform policy in hotspots vulnerable to climate change
  • Increase the resilience of small and medium-sized cities to climate change paying particular attention to  reducing the vulnerability of women; and
  • Facilitate the financing of climate adaptation strategies, especially from private sources.

A catalogue of climate change adaptation options

The online catalogue systematizes practical climate change adaptation solutions arising from an expansive body of work generated by the IDRC Climate Change Adaptation in Africa and Climate Change and Water programs.

Since 2006, IDRC has funded more than 100 climate and water related projects, contributing more than CA$100 million in finance to 70 institutions in over 50 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean.


The Climate Change program funds research exclusively through competitive calls. Announcements and details on eligibility and thematic focus for funding opportunities will be posted on IDRC’s funding page.


The UK Department for International Development

Explore research projects that we support.


Publications and resources

Through books, articles, research publications, and studies, we aim to widen the impact of our investment and advance development research.