Designing Climate Vulnerability Assessments
Climate variability and change present both challenges and opportunities for the achievement of development objectives at the regional, national and local levels. Responding effectively to these challenges requires an understanding of how climate is likely to affect development objectives and interventions, and then implementing appropriate measures to address risks and take advantage of emerging opportunities. A climate vulnerability assessment (CVA) is a resource that can help USAID staff, implementers and development partners understand who or what is vulnerable to climate variability and change, why and how they are vulnerable, and what opportunities exist to reduce these vulnerabilities.
The USAID ATLAS project produced this technical resource document to help inform the design of CVAs by USAID staff, their partners and other development practitioners.
- Section 1 provides an overview of typical CVA objectives, a summary of relevant vulnerability assessment methods, and guidance on the time, budget, data and expertise needed to conduct a CVA
- Section 2 provides a decision tree to guide users through typical CVA questions and objectives, and tailored guidance on approaches, inputs, user considerations and additional resources
- The appendices contain a database of 59 CVA examples, as well as a list of sources of climate and indicator data