Integrating Climate Change Adaptation into the Project Cycle
After completion of the project analysis and design, project teams can start the implementation phase. This is the phase when project resources are deployed, planned activities are undertaken, stakeholders and partners are actively engaged, the capacity of project stakeholders is built, and the project is monitored and adapted to new conditions that may arise.
Assuming that the process of integrating adaptation into the design of the project has been effective, the implementation stage should follow the implementation strategy as planned. However, we highlight three key issues for implementation that may not be “typical” for a development project. First, there is the importance of partnerships, especially cross-sectoral ones, in the context of adaptation. Second, projects must be flexible enough to accommodate regular and systematic monitoring of changes to the context, particularly the climate context, and consequent updates to the implementation strategy. Third, the project implementation strategy should incorporate emergency preparedness measures to manage increasing risks of climate events to project activities and stakeholders.
Recommended Tools for Implementation
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. Please note that this is CARE’s first version in developing such a monitoring tool. CARE will continue to strengthen the tool during 2010 and 2011.
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Recommended Resources for Implementation
The Basics of Project Implementation: A Guide for Project Managers
This manual by CARE International provides guidelines to project managers on managing relationships and risks, as well as ensuring flexibility.