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CBA Tools

There are a large number of tools and methodologies being developed to guide the development of adaptation initiatives. In this section, we recommend the tools that are most relevant and useful in following the CBA Project Cycle.

It is important to acknowledge that there are some steps in the CBA project cycle where appropriate tools have not yet been developed. We will continue identifying and developing new tools to fill these gaps.



Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis (CVCA) Handbook
The CVCA Handbook provides guiding questions, tools and resources for analysis of climate vulnerability and adaptive capacity at household/individual, community and national levels.

Community-based Risk Screening Tool – Adaptation and Livelihoods (CRiSTAL)
CRiSTAL is a screening tool designed to help project designers and managers integrate risk reduction and climate change adaptation into community-level projects. CRiSTAL was developed by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI-US) and Intercooperation. Module 1 is useful for analysis, as it helps project planners and managers understand the links between livelihoods and climate in their project areas.



Community-based Risk Screening Tool – Adaptation and Livelihoods (CRiSTAL)
Module 2 of CRiSTAL focuses on planning and managing projects for adaptation. It identifies resources that are vulnerable to climate change, and those that are important to coping. It also takes users through a process of identifying project activities to increase resilience to climate change.

Climate Change and Environmental Degradation Risk and Adaptation Assessment (CEDRA)
Field Tool Checklist Tearfund has developed CEDRA to help development workers to access and understand the science of climate change and environmental degradation and to compare this with local community experiences of climate change, providing a basis for planning adaptation measures. The Field Tool Checklist provides a broad list of possible impacts of climate change and environmental degradation, and suggests possible adaptation options.

Framework of Milestones and Indicators for Community-Based Adaptation (CBA)
CARE’s Framework of Milestones and Indicators for CBA builds on the enabling factors in the CBA framework, providing milestones and indicators for the achievement of the enabling factors at household/individual, community/local and national levels. The enabling factors and milestones may be helpful to project teams in identifying expected results for CBA projects. It provides users with a broad understanding of the range of strategies that may be appropriate within CBA projects, depending on the specific context.



Climate Context Monitoring Tool
The Climate Context Monitoring Tool is a simple set of questions which can be used to track changes in the climate context over the life of the project, and to plan adjustments to the project in light of these changes. It can be used as part of regular progress reviews, and the resulting information can be integrated into project progress reports.



Framework of Milestones and Indicators for Community-Based Adaptation (CBA)
In addition to presenting enabling factors for CBA, and milestones related to these enabling factors, the tool includes indicators that can be used in tracking progress towards the achievement of the milestones and enabling factors.

National Adaptive Capacity Framework
This framework was developed to assist in identifying strengths and gaps in adaptation capacities at the national level in different countries. This can act as a basis for identifying indicators of adaptive capacity at the national level. For more information: