|Several decades of successive droughts and desertification turned the Sahel region into one of the most vulnerable areas to increased climate change. This vulnerability incrementally expands in scope and visibility and leads to destroyed farmland, major food shortages, depleted herds, and considerable material and human losses. Adaptation to climate change is the adjustment in ecological, social or economic systems in order to alleviate adverse impacts of change or take advantage of new opportunities. However, well-intentioned adaptations can generate costs when wider issues or longer timeframes are considered. This project developed a system dynamics model and associated modeling capacity with key decision makers in Burkina Faso. The model serves as a multi-sector impact assessment tool and estimates the vulnerability of different policy sectors to climatic changes. It also quantifies the synergies and trade-offs between different adaptation options. The model contributes to building adaptive capacity in Burkina Faso by building awareness of the impacts of climate change, the necessity for a multi-sector adaptation strategy and by exploiting ways for maintaining economic growth.