Alliance Organizations

Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction

The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) is a university-based disaster risk reduction research institute in Canada. It is a centre for trans-disciplinary disaster prevention research and communications. ICLR was established by Canada’s property and casualty insurance industry as an independent, not-for-profit research institute affiliated with Western University, London, Canada.

Institute staff and research associates are leaders in wind and seismic engineering, atmospheric science, risk perception, hydrology, economics, geography, health sciences, public policy and a number of other disciplines. ICLR’s mission is to reduce the loss of life and property damage caused by severe weather and earthquakes through the identification and support of sustained actions that improve society’s capacity to adapt to, anticipate, mitigate, withstand and recover from natural disasters.

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Climate Risk Institute

The Climate Risk Institute (CRI) is a non-profit, academically affiliated organization focused on advancing practice and delivering services related to climate change risk assessment, adaptation planning, policy evaluation and resiliency. We run programs and develop and coordinate projects to mobilize knowledge, improve capacity, and deliver results for climate resiliency. We work closely with many partners across Canada and internationally and leverage the knowledge and skills of a strong group of Associates.

CRI works collaboratively with a range of players in Canada and internationally to mobilize knowledge and build capacity for improved climate resiliency practices across professions and sectors. In this regard, three CRI flagship programs include the Infrastructure Resilience Professional (IRP) Credentialing Program, the Program on the Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee (PIEVC) Protocol, and Canada’s Climate Change Adaptation Community of Practice.

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Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

GIZ is a federal public-benefit (non-for profit) enterprise with the vision to “… work to shape a future worth living around the world.” GIZ’s corporate purpose is to promote international cooperation for sustainable development and international education work. One major field is to advise partners in developing and middle-income countries regarding climate change, both mitigation of greenhouse gases and adaptation to the consequences of a changing climate.

As a cooperation partner of Engineers Canada in the implementation of the global project “Enhancing Climate Services for Infrastructure Investments (CSI),” one of the project’s flagship components has been to implement the PIEVC Protocol in partner countries such as Brazil, Costa Rica, Vietnam and countries of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI). Experience in the cooperation and implementation in accordance with a broad range of partners in these countries reflects both GIZ’s vision and corporate purpose. Up to 1/3 of GIZ’s current running projects worldwide (global, regional and bilateral projects) are related to climate change.

GIZ has substantial in-house knowledge and expertise in advising partners concerning climate change adaptation. GIZ designed a broad range of tools and training approaches to benefit stakeholders ranging from policy makers to technicians on the ground, including private business and civil society. Vital to that ability is the cooperation with international partners such as UN organizations and international NGOs to ensure a sustainable implementation of programs and projects in line with the SDGs.

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