Bringing innovation to practice
in adapting to climate change
We bring adaptation to
you. We understand your
risks and find solutions
tailor made for your
and capabilities. Our Senior
Principals have specialist
experience and proven
track records. Our
delivers a structured
process from initial
engagement to prototyping
solutions and developing
procedures, tools and
Climate is changing, and so
should we. We are faced
with complex social,
interlinked with climate
challenges. Leaders are
required to be agents of
change, empowered with
knowledge and skills, and
emboldened to find
Academy participants learn
to navigate through the
Organizations working on
climate risk management
and resilient business
Data bases and
information systems are
vast, complex and cut
across many domains. No
single approach or tool is
adequate for all users'
delivers innovative and
Solutions for our clients. It
is our own innovation lab.
We deliver climate adaptation solutions. Our consulting and
knowledge management services support managers holding
over $1 billion in funds. The Oxford Adaptation Academy is a
unique lab for leadership and innovation.
GCAP specializes in climate adaptation solutions. We operate in three complementary
business areas – consultancy, knowledge space and our very own adaptation academy.
We are driven by solutions for clients, offering bespoke services and products for long-term
support for transformational change. We have a unique approach; we are not a short-term
consultancy firm, but start with gaining a deep understanding of our clients’ original business
strategies in order to develop sustainable and best-value solutions to their unique climate
change challenges. We see adaptation as a process, and offer solutions that will grow with
time for future capacity within your organization.
Our specialized team of consultants understand the uncertainties of climate change, and
focus on environmental and sustainable solutions. Our key staff have over 300 working years
of specialist experience in climate adaptation. We use our own toolkits and embed our
understanding in practical solutions – bringing leadership and innovation to practice.
Furthermore, we continuously train ourselves, to stay at the forefront of the industry.
GCAP is registered in The Netherlands, with subsidiaries in the United Kingdom, United
States and Kenya, along with Joint Ventures in Colombia and Ethiopia. We have successfully
carried out over $4 million in projects over the last 4 years, working with clients from
multilateral banks, major donors and leading civil society organizations.
practice in adapting
to climate change
We specialize in Climate Adaptation Consulting. The principals
leading GCAP have specialist experience and proven track
records in a range of adaptation consulting services.
Our Adaptation Consulting Team works closely with you, drawing upon our proprietary
adaptation toolkit. Our client engagement process identifies climate risks and adaptation
strategies relevant to your organization’s processes. Priority strategies are converted into
solutions that ensure resilient outcomes. Our Knowledge Management Team builds these
solutions into your procedures, training your staff and deploying effective practices.
We call this three-step approach our Comprehensive Adaptation Planning Methodology.
Driven by your needs. Supporting leadership and innovation in your teams. Agile in delivering
Our track record is world leading in the following areas. Get in touch with your requirements;
we thrive on challenges!
• National Adaptation Plans
• Economics of Climate Change
• Disaster Risk Reduction
• Community and Ecosystems Based
• Baseline Vulnerability & Risk Assessment
• Climate Screening and Safeguards
• Resilient Business Processes
• Monitoring for Learning & Evaluation
Building Resilience and Adapting to Climate
Extremes and Disasters
Building an evidence base for at-scale transformation of
community based resilience.
Sixteen grants have been awarded, covering 18 countries in the Sahel, Eastern Africa and
Asia, with over 60 sub-grantees. The total programme is £140 million with the Fund Manager
administering the grants and monitoring progress. GCAP is on the Selection Panel and
advises KPMG on good practice and robust investment strategies, providing in-country
experts as required.
GCAP is supporting a programmatic strategy that focuses on the nature of evidence to
achieve transformation. Most of the BRACED projects would be classified as extensions to
conventional development with support for improved agriculture and resource management,
climate information applications and nutrition interventions. The extent to which these
actions mobilise sufficient resources, buffering capacity and institutional learning to
transform communities and their readiness for future climate change is a key concern.
Evidence of the impact of BRACED funding on achieving resilience will be collected through
the projects. However, the ability to define and measure resilience at this scale and over
relatively short time periods remains a significant challenge.
• Monitoring, Learning & Evaluation Dashboard
• OPTIONS appraisal using multiple attributes
• CONTEXT for project development and investment
to Fund Managers
Guidelines and Screening Tools to
Mainstream Climate Change in Africa
Climate-smart projects in Africa.
GCAP led development of the Climate Safeguard System, working closely with the safeguards
unit and task mangers to mainstream climate change adaptation into the Bank’s project
cycle. The Bank now has the capacity to promote climate-smart projects across its annual
expenditure of $2 billion.
The CSS illustrates how GCAP develops knowledge-led solutions. The Climate Screening
module assesses the vulnerability of a project to climate change using scorecards for each
sector. The Adaptation Review and Evaluation Procedures identify adaptation measures for a
project. A different set of procedures is followed depending on the category of the project.
The CSS uses open source software developed by our partners in Hyderabad, India. The CSS
has been ported to the Bank and fully owned by their ICT staff.
GCAP continues to develop the modules in its own online Knowledge Space:
• ASSESS uses scorecards to screen
• OPTIONS and APPRAISE evaluate
strategies, measures and technologies
• CLIMATE interprets three levels of climate
• Country factsheets
Atkins brings in-depth
Ethiopia Climate Resilience Strategy for
Agriculture, Forestry and Land Use
Climate Resilient Green Economy.
Ethiopia’s vision is to transform its development through investment in a Climate-Resilient
Green Economy. GCAP, with our Joint Venture partner in Addis Ababa, GeoSAS, led the Phase
2 climate resilience strategy for agriculture, forestry and land use.
The strategy assessed the risks of climate change on key sectors of Ethiopia’s economy and
identified priorities for building climate resilience to ensure that Ethiopia reaches its
ambitious growth and green economy targets, including taking advantage of the
opportunities for implementation. The project pioneered an innovative methodology for the
economics of climate resilience including multi-attribute assessment of options and phased
strategies. Finance options included scenarios of development funding that shift the Ministry
of Agriculture's annual budget of nearly $1 billion from humanitarian crises to sound
resource management and transforming the sector.
The team worked closely with technical committees in government and developed skills and
technical knowledge through two short courses in Ethiopia.
GCAP continues to develop the pioneering methodologies behind the CRGE:
• OPTIONS appraisal using multi-attribute
• Value of climate information in
supporting development planning
• Adaptation Planning Zones to integrate
socio-economic vulnerability and priority
GeoSAS experts builds
Private Models for Agricultural Climate
Adaptation in Honduras and Nicaragua
Designing effective projects led by the private sector.
PROADAPT, an initiative of the Inter-American Development Bank, has a distinctive mission:
to support the private sector in Latin America through technical cooperation to ensure
resilience to climate change. GCAP and its Joint Venture partner, Grupo Laera, worked
intensively in Honduras and Nicaragua to develop projects in agriculture (cacao, honey, milk)
and tourism. Four project concepts were developed based on GCAP’s Climate Resilient
Business-Process Methodology. The projects involve supply chains with potential Executing
Agencies, cooperatives of producers and business associations.
An extensive knowledge base, infographics and summary booklets were delivered to the
client. Interactive workshops and a three-week course in Oxford supported in-house capacity
in the IDB.
A framework for monitoring resilience provided an innovative approach based on the M&E
context and private sector management capacity. An online Dashboard was designed to
deliver an effective tool for the Bank’s staff and development partners.
• CLIMATE Factsheets
• OPTIONS to select actions
• MLE Dashboard
• Teamwork for sharing documents
• Academy modules for stakeholder
with Grupo Laera
We enable people to navigate complex adaptation landscapes.
Emerge, be empowered as a change-maker.
The Oxford Adaptation Academy is our flagship programme bringing innovation to practice.
In partnership with the Smith School for Enterprise and the Environment in the University of
Oxford, the course brings together world-leading experts, practitioners and intellectuals to
pioneer transformations toward climate-resilient futures.
Now in its 6th year, the Oxford Academy empowers participants as change-makers as they
understand working with stakeholders and their own leadership. Technical analysis of
adaptation strategies, options and projects integrates with the adaptation landscape of
development pathways, sustainability and finance. Participants rated the course as 4.8 out of
5 each of the past two years.
The 2015 course, 9th to 25th August, includes:
• Wayfinding in the adaptation landscape
• Theory of Change
• Rating risk and sustainability
• Decision making and uncertainty
• Urban resilience
• Enterprise finance
• Leadership and personal coaching
• Vulnerability assessment
• Disaster risk reduction
• Climate science & scenarios
• Economics of adaptation
• Monitoring and Evaluation for Learning
• Stakeholder analysis and engagement
• Process models for private sector resilience
We integrate global data and local experience to build resilience
into your processes.
Every organization working on climate protection, adaptation processes and risk
management needs to manage a vast stream of data for delivering knowledge-led solutions.
These systems cut across many knowledge domains—no single approach or tool is adequate
for all users' needs. GCAP has developed a collaboration platform to deliver innovative and
effective Adaptation Solutions for our clients. It is our own laboratory for innovation in our
The Knowledge Space enables and provides access to the foremost online and GCAP
proprietary climate adaptation resources and is a catalyst for building extensive professional
communities of practitioners and experts. The Knowledge Space provides our Clients with
tools and apps for providing insight into the effects of climate change on their citizens,
environments and businesses and assistance to develop sustainable adaptation solutions to
meet their unique climate change vulnerabilities.
Knowledge Space delivers best value knowledge tools such as:
• Comprehensive Adaptation Planning
• Adaptation Planning Services
• Climate Safeguard System
• Data visualization
• CLIMATE envelopes at various scales
• OPTIONS and APPRAISE to select effective
• MLE Dashboard to support learning
• Document Hub of key resources
Ready for a
WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT?
• Our core leadership team has over 300 years of experience working
with both private and public sectors
• Our vast experience enables us to develop effective approaches
• We have a network of 2000 professionals
• Our Principals and Adaptation Academy alumni bring in-
depth local expertise
Leadership and Innovation
• We nurture leadership and innovation with our clients
• We support the professional Community of Practice to be
• We provide adaptation solutions for your needs
• We integrate fields of expertise, from climate science to risk
management, from natural resource management to urban
planning, from economics to finance and business models