Climate Risk Management at the Activity Level
Although USAID policy allows flexibility in the application of climate risk management (CRM), the process generally comprises four phases (with several steps within each phase):
The graphic and eLearning tool aim to help USAID staff and partners think about how these phases and steps are integrated into activity planning and implementation. As the graphic shows, the phases are iterative. In addition, the order of the steps within phases is flexible and the overall process may be tailored to each mission’s or operating unit’s situation.
In the explanations below and the eLearning tool we refer to “design team” as shorthand for those responsible for CRM. Although USAID holds primary responsibility, implementing partners play a critical role in managing climate risks as part of activity implementation.
CRM Resources for Activity Design
- Climate Risk Management for USAID Projects and Activities: A Mandatory Reference for ADS Chapter 201
- Previous assessments if available:
- Climate Change annex of corresponding Regional/Country Development Cooperation Strategies (R/CDCS)
- Project-level environmental compliance analysis in Environmental Compliance Database
- Climate Risk Profiles & Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Fact Sheets
- Climate Risk Screening & Management Tool and associated sector-specific annexes
- Climate Risk Management: Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Knowledge Management guide
- Primer: Using Climate Information for Climate Risk Management
- Climate Risk Management in Action (examples of CRM)
- Frequently Asked Questions
- USAID staff may consult internal resources such as the Agency intranet or their mission’s Climate Integration Lead.