What is Climate Compatible Development?

Climate Compatible Development (CCD) remains an emerging concept. This section brings together and builds on the long established concepts of adaptation and mitigation, as well as the newer concepts of climate resilient development and low carbon development. Where these overlap, CCD is the binding element (see figure below). Definitions of the key concepts are noted below.

The dashboard of the user guide includes a focus area search box on adaptation and mitigation. The levers allow you to decide what level of importance (none, important, essential) you want to give to adaptation and mitigation in your tools.

Definitions of Climate Compatible Development concepts

Adaptation: process or action of adjusting to different circumstances or conditions, in this case as a result of a changing climate. 

Mitigation: human intervention to reduce the extent of climate change. It includes strategies to reduce greenhouse gas sources and emissions, and enhancing greenhouse gas sinks.

Low carbon development: interface between mitigation and development. It aims to promote development while reducing emissions.

Climate resilient development: development that has the capacity to absorb and quickly bounce back from climate shocks and stresses.


 Climate Comptatible Development diagram. Source: Mitchell and Maxwell (2010)

Recommended reading

Here is a list of useful resources if you are interested in additional reading on CCD concepts:

IPCC. 2001:Climate Change 2001: Mitigation Cambridge University Press

Klein et al. 2007: Inter-relationships between adaptation and mitigation in the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report

Mitchell and Maxwell. 2010: Defining climate compatible development CDKN

Smit et al (Eds). 2001: Adaptation to Climate Change in the Context of Sustainable Development and Equity  in the IPCC Third Assessment Report

Link between Climate Compatible Development and the Policy cycle

How can we support the planning and implementation of Climate Compatible Development in each policy cycle stage? To learn more, go to the next section.