Designing Climate Vulnerability Assessments for Decision-Making Uptake: A Conceptual Framework and Case Examples
Moushumi Chaudhury, Ayesha Dinshaw, Heather McGray
This technical assessment report considers the process of designing climate change vulnerability assessments (CCVAs) and how to be more effective with decision-making uptake. A CCVA contains information on sensitivity and exposure to climate events, and adaptive capacity of system to withstand climate hazards and build resilience. However, although CCVAs provide critical information, rarely do decision-makers use the assessments in climate change adaptation policies and projects. The report authors outline a conceptual framework and case study examples from Vietnam, Kenya, and Uganda.
The purpose of this report is to help scientists and decision-makers integrate CCVAs into adaptation and development policy and/or planning. The framework to help understand the CCVA uptake process includes three elements: 1) characteristics of the CCVA that makes it valuable to decision-makers, 2) actors who play key role on the success of the uptake, and 3) two key influential factors including communications strategies and decision-making context.
The three stages of the framework include CCVA design, CCVA implementation, and decision-making stages.
Excerpt from the report:
Lessons Learned On Connecting Science To Decision Making Through CCVAS:
- Establish core characteristics for an uptake-ready CCVA by developing credibility, salience, and legitimacy.
- Engage critical actors to develop an uptake-ready CCVA and integrate CCVA findings into plans and policies.
- Communicate CCVA findings in a clear manner to keep the CCVA relevant and accessible to decision makers.
- Be aware of the context in which the CCVA is being conducted and the decision making context.
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