Tools to assess climate vulnerability can help identify people or places that are most susceptible to potential harm and identify actions that reduce their susceptibility. Such tools have evolved from science-driven impact-based assessments to policy-driven assessments that recommend specific adaptation options.

Over the past decade, tools have been developed for adaptation at the community level to support low-tech participatory processes and locally relevant adaptation strategies.

Climate adaptation tools may be used to address a number of conservation objectives: ref

  • Raising awareness of climate change impacts
  • Gathering information to support community adaptation efforts
  • Assessing vulnerability and resilience of coastal ecosystems and communities to climate impacts; assessing the resilience of infrastructure, agriculture and water resources
  • Identifying strategies to enhance the adaptive capacity of vulnerable species and communities

An advantage of community-based approaches is that they allow for broader stakeholder engagement, and recognize the role that local political, cultural, economic, institutional, and technological forces play in shaping people’s ability to anticipate and respond to climate impacts. ref

The following pages describe several community-based climate adaptation tools that can be used by coral reef practitioners to assess the vulnerability of coastal and marine ecosystems including communities.

Community-based approaches allow for broader stakeholder engagement and acknowledge the importance of local factors that affect how people plan for and respond to climate change. Photo © Cherie Wagner

Climate adaptation tools can be used to identify strategies to enhance the adaptive capacity of vulnerable species and communities.

Last updated August 3, 2016

CCAP Adaptation Design Tool

The CCAP Adaptation Design Tool helps coral reef managers incorporate climate-smart design into their plans by considering the effects of climate change on ecosystem stressors and implications for effective management. Learn more.

Local Early Action Planning & Management Tool

The Local Early Action Planning and Management (LEAP) Tool was designed to be used by conservation practitioners and partners to help communities in Micronesia implement adaptation planning with a focus on ecosystem-based actions. Learn more.

Coastal Resilience Tool

Coastal Resilience is a program developed in 2008 to examine nature’s role in reducing coastal community risk and includes an approach and decision support tool for climate adaptation and resilience planning. Learn more.

Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis Handbook

CARE developed the Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis (CVCA) methodology and associated Handbook in 2009 to help development practitioners understand the implications of climate change within the context of poverty reduction and disaster risk reduction initiatives. Learn more.

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