Canvas – Mitigation and Adaptation Sectors

Even without having a detailed greenhouse gas emission inventory or a vulnerability/risk assessment, it is possible, in an intuitive format, to start identifying the most pressing areas/sectors where actions for mitigation and adaptation is needed at local level.


Identify the areas/sectors related to mitigation and adaptation with high priority for action, and areas/sectors where cities’ mandates are strongest.


  1. Briefly explain the different sectors responsible for GHG emissions and therefore relevant for mitigation in the urban context and briefly explain the different sectors relevant to adaptation in the urban context (if not happened before through other tools).
  2. Use the prepared canvas to collect the priorities and mandates for mitigation and adaptation from a large group of stakeholders.
  3. Discuss results with the group, find commonalities and differences between individual answers.


Prepare online white board or prints (A4 or A3) of canvas.


Involve as many stakeholders as possible and facilitate a consensus building among them. Stakeholders need to understand well the difference between adaptation and mitigation.


30 – 60 minutes


Prioritized areas of highest potential for mitigation/adaptation in your city and areas/sectors with strong mandate to take action.