Harmonising Climate Risk Management: Adaptation screening and assessment tools for development co-operation

By Anne Hammill, Thomas Tanner on August 25, 2011

In this OECD Environment Working Paper, Anne Hammill and Thomas Tanner draw upon growing bodies of experience with the development and implementation of tools designed to screen for climate change risks and facilitate adaptation.

They explore the extent to which these tools are meeting user needs, and whether opportunities exist for streamlining the tools landscape. Focusing primarily on process guidance tools, the authors suggest that the increasing number and diversity of tools available makes it desirable to harmonize aspects of risk screening and assessment processes. Harmonization could be achieved through the development of: (i) common and clear terminology; (ii) a generic and common risk management framework; (iii) organization and categorization systems; and (iv) a simple, navigable clearing house for tools that allows users to identify those most relevant to their needs. Hammill and Tanner also recommend that the development community:

  • Continue to support training and facilitation for new users and follow-up events for existing users

  • Forge better links among users of process guidance tools and users of data and information provision tools in order to increase their effectiveness

  • Bolster support for helping users move from assessment to action through the development of common guidance or through enhanced stakeholder engagement

  • Work with development partners to ensure ownership and integration of risk screening and assessment tools, and thereby have a greater impact on government decision-making.

Report details

Climate Change Adaptation
Focus area
OECD, 2011