New: CRiSTAL Food Security Tool
IISD and its partners have developed CRiSTAL Food Security to help users navigate the food system, identify vulnerable elements of that system, and design resilience actions and monitoring indicators applicable to the local context. Download
New: CRiSTAL Forests Tool
Using CRiSTAL to Support Climate-Resilient Agro-Value Chains
IISD has adapted the CRiSTAL framework to help small agribusiness cooperatives in Eastern Rwanda develop a more integrated approach to managing climate risk impacts on their businesses. More
A training of trainers manual based on this framework has been published. The manual helps agricultural cooperatives manage climate risks by enabling analysis of the links between climate hazards and agricultural production along the length of an agricultural value chain.
CRiSTAL (Version 5) and its user's manual are now available in Spanish:
Available in Spanish and English, this video documents the application of CRiSTAL in the Cusco region of Peru.
CRiSTAL is a project-planning tool that helps users design activities that support climate adaptation (i.e., adaptation to climate variability and change) at the community level. CRiSTAL stands for “Community-based Risk Screening Tool – Adaptation and Livelihoods.”
Community-based – CRiSTAL focuses on projects at the local community level.
Risk Screening – CRiSTAL helps users to identify and prioritize climate risks that their projects might address.
Adaptation and Livelihoods – CRiSTAL helps users to identify livelihood resources most important to climate adaptation (i.e., adaptation to climate variability and change) and uses these as a basis for designing adaptation strategies.
While climate variability and change may not always be the most important stresses affecting a specific community, they should always be considered when designing and implementing a development project, particularly in communities characterized by climate-sensitive and/or natural resource-dependent livelihoods.
Indeed, any activity that does not account for present and future potential climate risks may inadvertently increase a community’s exposure and vulnerability. For example, a food security project may encourage dependence on a particular agricultural technology or crop species that may be negatively affected by climate change, thereby increasing local vulnerability in the longer term.
CRiSTAL seeks to systematically assess the impacts of a project on some of the local determinants of vulnerability and exposure, so that project planners and managers can design activities that foster climate adaptation.
New versions of the CRiSTAL tool and the User's Manual are now available in English and Spanish.