PROVIA Revision of guidance for assessing climate vulnerability, impacts and adaptation

The past decade has seen a shift from centralised guidance for climate vulnerability, impact and adaptation assessment to the development of specific, often sectoral or place-based approaches. There has been a proliferation of assessment methods and tools, and it has become increasingly difficult for potential users to understand the utility, benefits, requirements and tradeoffs of those methods and tools.

Stakeholders' demand for knowledge on vulnerability, impacts and adaptation needs to be matched with the supply from the research community of clear technical guidance that takes into account both the academic developments of the past 20 years as well as user needs at local, national and international levels.

This project, carried out under the auspices of the Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA), responds to this challenge by revising and improving existing guidance for assessing climate change vulnerability, impacts and adaptation, covering the range of available approaches, methods and tools.

The guidance should be informative rather than prescriptive in nature. Intended users are researchers, adaptation practitioners, decision-makers and those involved in policy formulation. It will consist of three elements, which are being prepared in parallel: (i) framing the questions and approaches; (ii) approaches, methods and tools in vulnerability, impact and adaptation assessment; (iii) the adaptation process.