OECD Environment Working Papers

ISSN :
1997-0900 (online)
DOI :
10.1787/19970900
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This series is designed to make available to a wider readership selected studies on environmental issues prepared for use within the OECD. Authorship is usually collective, but principal authors are named. The papers are generally available only in their original language English or French with a summary in the other if available.
 

Harmonising Climate Risk Management

Adaptation Screening and Assessment Tools for Development Co-operation You or your institution have access to this content

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Author(s):
Anne Hammill1, Thomas Tanner2
Author Affiliations
  • 1: International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Switzerland

  • 2: Institute of Development Studies, United Kingdom

Publication Date
29 July 2011
Bibliographic information
No.:
36
Pages
53
DOI
10.1787/5kg706918zvl-en

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Development planners and project managers have used a wide variety of tools to manage a broad range of environmental risks, including those posed by climate variability, for a long time. Some of these tools have also now been modified to take into account the risks posed by climate change. At the same time, there has been a recent emphasis in developing more dedicated tools which have an explicit focus on screening for climate change risks and for facilitating adaptation. The purpose of this paper is to analyse this latter set of tools targeted to screen climate change risks. The paper focuses on the need to consider the experiences of users as well as developers, and to investigate the extent to which tools are meeting user needs and if opportunities may exist for streamlining the tools landscape. This analysis is therefore an effort to contribute to the alignment and harmonisation priorities of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness of March 2005 and the follow-up Accra Agenda for Action of September 2008. While a "one-size-fits-all" approach or methodology may not be appropriate, there may be opportunities to provide common guidance on specific topics, such as categorisation and risk management frameworks, and to clarify the diverse terminology. In an effort to improve the use of screening and assessment tools, the paper recommends that the development community increase partner country ownership of risk screening and assessment tools/processes, narrow the gap between process guidance tools and data and information provision tools, supply guidance for users in moving from analysis to action and collaborate to prepare harmonised guidelines. While this analysis is limited to tools which have an explicit focus on climate change and adaptation, future work should also consider existing risk analysis tools which are practically used in development planning and modified for applications to adaptation.
Keywords:
development, mainstreaming, climate risk screening, development co-operation, adaptation
JEL Classification:
  • O19: Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth / Economic Development / International Linkages to Development; Role of International Organizations
  • O21: Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth / Development Planning and Policy / Planning Models; Planning Policy
  • O22: Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth / Development Planning and Policy / Project Analysis
  • O29: Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth / Development Planning and Policy / Other
  • Q01: Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics / General / Sustainable Development
  • Q54: Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics / Environmental Economics / Climate; Natural Disasters; Global Warming