CRiSTAL Community-based Risk Screening Tool – Adaptation and Livelihoods (brochure)

May 5, 2015

CRiSTAL is a project-planning and management tool that helps users to integrate risk reduction and climate change adaptation into their community-level work.

CRiSTAL provides an analytical framework to help users understand: how current and potential future climate hazards affect or may affect a project area and local livelihoods; how people respond to the current and potential future impacts of these climate hazards; which livelihood resources are most affected by current climate hazards and which ones are most important for the response strategies; how project activities affect access to, or availability of, these critical livelihood resources; and what project adjustments (revision of existing activities and/or design of new activities) can be made to support climate adaptation and reduce climate risk. The tool is oriented toward project planners and managers working at the local and community levels, but a wide range of other actors may also benefit from using the tool (including policy-makers and decision-makers). This brochure explains the objectives, background and application of CRiSTAL.

CRiSTAL was developed by the International Institute for Sustainable Development in partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the Stockholm Environment Institute and HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation. Further resources can be found on the CRiSTAL website.

Guide details

Climate Change Adaptation
Focus area
IISD, 2015