ISO 14090:2019 Adaptation to Climate Change — Principles, Requirements and Guidelines was published in 2019 and sets out international best practice as a set of principles, requirements and guidelines for adaptation to climate change. Applicable to any organisation or project, it covers the incorporation of adaptation within or across organisations, identifying and addressing impacts and uncertainties, including ways of informing climate-related decisions. It can be used in its entirety or in parts, being drafted as a high-level ‘framework’ for adaptation.

This topic covers various areas such as decision-making approaches, adaptation planning, implementation, indicators, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting, to help organisations avoid or reduce the losses that climate change hazards could cause.

Since publication, ISO has been drafting supporting standards and is formulating an adaptation standards development strategy based upon the ISO 14090 framework. Already, other standards are available in the ISO 14090 series including:

  • ISO 14091 Adaptation to Climate Change — Guidelines on Vulnerability, Impacts and Risk Assessment, which is directed at addressing vulnerability to climate change impacts.

  • ISO/TS 14092 Adaptation to Climate Change — Requirements and Guidance on Adaptation Planning for Local Governments and Communities,which is directed at the local Government and communities’ sector, covering issues such as climate vulnerability, and adaptive capacity and support for national adaptation plans.

For additional guidance, see more topics in the Climate Change and Global Warming section.

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