Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis Handbook (CVCA)


General Information:

Author: CARE International

Year of publication: 2019

Available languages: English, French, Spanish

Details of Assessment:

Type of assessment: Comprehensive impact and risk assessment

Format of assessment: Guideline

Details: Handbook

Estimated duration of assessment: The amount of time the CVCA process takes depends on: The scope of the analysis and your main objectives; The number of stakeholders involved; The availability of secondary information; Presence in and relationship with the community and stakeholders

To be carried out by whom: Government representatives

Institutional scale of use: Continental

Details: Local/community, project level

Assesment to be used by which target audience: Multiple actors

Details: Technical advisors, project managers and other staff working on projects in international or local NGOs

Output: Report


Coverage & Methodology:

Region of origin: Europe

Developed by which sector: Development cooperation

Applied in practice: Yes

Geographic coverage in analysis: Worldwide

Potential geographic coverage: Worldwide

Details: Method can be applied to all climate sensitive sectors

Method used: Mixed method approach

Description of methodology: The foundation of the CVCA is the process of gathering information through participatory research with community members and from secondary sources, and analyzing this information in a way that can inform actions to increase climate resilience.

Risk framework used: No explicit use of risk framework

Risk components incorporated: All

Hazards and impacts considered in the assessment: All hazards

Details: Mostly data generated via interviews. Besides other data sources can be useful: national communications to the UNFCCC, IPCC reports, NAPA documents, NAP to combat drought and desertification documents, professional and academic journals, meteorological data on curent climate trends, seasonal forecasts, maps showing topography, agro-ecological region, infrastructure, national census and poverty data

Participatory elements: Yes

Details: Consultations with community leaders, focus group discussions, training facilitators

Consideration of interconnectedness and -dependencies of risks: No information

Details: Is not explicitly stated

Adressing uncertainty: No

Scope of assessment: Identification of risks, assessment of impacts, identification of adaptation options

Relevance for losses and damages:

Economic/Non-Economic losses incorporated: Both

Details: Includes participatory tools for identifying potential non-economic and economic losses but not their calculation

Applicability for entire risk spectrum (from extreme weather events to slow onset processes): Yes

Details: The tool includes guiding questions to identify: Extreme weather events affecting the community; observed changes in weather and seasonal patterns; observed changes in temperature, rainfall and extreme weather events; projected changes in temperature, rainfall and extreme weather events


Recommendations for Adaptation measures included in Climate Risk Assessment: Yes

Usefulness for political purposes: Project proposal for the Global environmental facility (GEF)

Applied by whom: CARE

Open access: Yes