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Resilience Atlas

A new interactive tool could change the way countries and communities adapt to a changing world.

© Benjamin Drummond

Floods​. Droughts. Conflicts.

In many cases, climate change is expected to make them worse in the coming​ decades. And the places that will be hardest-hit by climate impacts are often the least-equipped to manage them.

How to make these countries and communities more resilient?

Conservation International's Resilience Atlas offers a powerful new tool to help policymakers and donors make evidence-based decisions related to food security, climate variability, water management and more. By aggregating and analyzing more than 12 terabytes of resilience-related data, Resilience Atlas offers a fuller picture of how climate variability and other events can affect communities, and how they can adapt.

Wealth of data combined all in one place

Mining data from 60 of the best available data sets on climate, socio-economics, livelihoods and ecosystems, the Resilience Atlas integrates it into a user-friendly interface.

Open-source and free

Anyone can access Resilience Atlas and its data, from donors and policymakers to the public. International development organizations, financial institutions, foundations and more are already using the tool in a systematic way to address specific questions posed by communities around issues such as flooding and food security.

Ethiopian nomads with their cattle
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Take a journey

The Resilience Atlas offers “journeys” — data-driven stories that bring out key insights. Think of journeys as a step-by-step approach to understanding the data: first a system of interest (a livelihood, production system, or ecosystem) is chosen, and then stressors and shocks like climate change or floods are added to the map to show their likely impacts on the region, and then to try to arrive at a solution. Resilience Atlas’ model of integration and analyses produces a holistic picture that can help decision-makers decide where to focus resources in order to make a community or region more resilient to specific stressors and shocks.


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Funding for the Resilience Atlas was provided by The Rockefeller Fo​​undation.