What is the ARCC Compendium?
By Tetra Tech ARD
This factsheet explains lessons learned from climate vulnerability assessments done through the African and Latin American Resilience to Climate Change (ARCC) program.
During the three year program, specialists had the chance to learn how best to conduct these assessments. Their work brought improved science, methods, tools and shared learning to the adaptation programming of USAID and its partners.
The ARCC assessments—often the first of their kind in the countries in which they were completed—were distinguished by their evidence-based approach to analyses of past, present, and projected future climates. They linked changes in climate to changes in vulnerability, providing a detailed study of the dimensions of vulnerability (exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive
Among the most important lessons is that a vulnerability assessment provides evidence for decision makers. As a process, it is a research and learning experience that enables — and requires — meaningful dialogue among stakeholders. ARCC also found that credibility, salience and legitimacy can improve the use of findings from an assessment to inform policy or programming.
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