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 Forests: Download (ZIP - 1.54 mb)
The CRiSTAL Forests tool is a desktop application that runs on Microsoft Windows 7 or newer versions. To download the tool, click on the link above, save it on your computer, and then double-click on the "setup.exe" file to run the application. The setup application will guide you through the installation process.
CRiSTAL Forests User Manual: English (PDF - 6.1 mb)
A User's Manual is available to guide you through the CRISTAL Forests tool. To download, click on the link above and save it to your computer.
CRiSTAL Version 5: English and Español (ZIP - 1 mb)
This new version of CRiSTAL is a desktop application that runs on Microsoft Windows 7 or newer versions. To download the tool, click on the link above, save it on your computer, and then double-click on the "setup.exe" file to run the application. The setup application will guide you through the installation process. Users can select English or Spanish language options within the tool.
A User’s Manual is available to guide you through the new version of the tool. To download, click on the link above and save it to your computer.
CRiSTAL runs on Microsoft Excel. To download the current version of CRiSTAL, click on one of the links above and save the file on your computer.
In consultation with community members and project leaders and designers, move through the tool step-by-step. Consultations are central to the effective use of CRiSTAL. These can range from informal discussions to organized workshops, and the information gathered during these consultations will inform CRiSTAL’s analysis.
The Excel version of the tool can be used directly with communities and project managers, moving through the two modules as a group, or you can bring to the field only the User’s Manual (below) and/or Field Manual (will be available here soon) and afterwards input the collected data into the CRiSTAL Excel document. Regardless of which approach is taken, multiple consultations will be needed to ensure that you engage different gender, economic and social groups.
Click here (XLS - 900 KB) for a sample set of completed CRiSTAL spreadsheets from a field application conducted by IUCN in Garissa, Kenya. The corresponding report can be found in the CRiSTAL experiences section.
A User’s Manual is available to guide you through the tool. To download, click on the link above and save it to your computer.
The CRiSTAL brochure gives a brief overview of the goals and functions of the tool.
CRiSTAL is continually being updated and fine-tuned to respond to questions or feedback from its users. To help strengthen the tool and share your experiences in using it, fill in our Reporting Template (DOC - 74 kb), and/or contact the CRiSTAL team directly.
CRiSTAL field test and application results are available in the Experiences section.