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Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis (CVCA) Handbook

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The CVCA methodology, developed by CARE International, provides a framework for analyzing climate change vulnerability and adaptive capacity at the community level. Recognizing that local actors must have the opportunity to drive their own future, the CVCA places local knowledge on climate risks and adaptation strategies at the forefront of the data gathering and analysis process.

The main objectives of the CVCA are to:
  • Analyze vulnerability to climate change and adaptive capacity at the community level. It provides guidance and tools for participatory research and learning, and a guiding framework of questions for analyzing the information. It also takes into account the role of local and national institutions and policies in facilitating adaptation.
  • Combine community knowledge and scientific data to yield greater understanding about local climate change impacts.
The analytical framework of the CVCA is based on CARE’s Community Based Adaptation (CBA) Framework. The Handbook includes guiding questions to examine resilience factors at multiple levels (national, local government/community, and household/individual levels). Field guides are provided for conducting participatory analysis with different groups within communities.

The CVCA Handbook is designed to be used in conjunction with other resources, tools, and analytical frameworks, and links to complementary resources are provided throughout the document.

Use it to:
  • Guide a comprehensive and gender-sensitive analysis of vulnerability to climate change, covering all key issues for the analysis stage of projects seeking to integrate climate change adaptation.
  • Provide practical evidence for advocacy on climate change issues.
  • Complement analysis guided by other frameworks, including Gender and Diversity, Livelihoods Frameworks, and Rights-Based Approaches.
  • Compile a report on climate vulnerability and adaptive capacity based on the analysis.
  • The CVCA assumes an established relationship with the communities that we engage with in the process. Without an existing relationship, the process of developing trust in order to undertake the participatory analysis can be time-consuming.
  • The CVCA Handbook is focused on the analysis stage – it does not provide guidance on selecting and prioritizing adaptation options, beyond general suggestions of the types of activities that may be appropriate at different levels.

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