Risk and Vulnerability Assessment Methodology Development Project (RiVAMP)


General Information:

Author: UNEP, The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ)

Year of publication: 2010

Available languages: English

Details of Assessment:

Type of assessment: Comprehensive impact and risk assessment

Details: Assesses the impact of two hazards (storm surges and sea level rise) on coast according to different states of main ecosystems (coral reefs and seagrass meadows)

Format of assessment: Guideline

Estimated costs for conducting: No information

Estimated duration of assessment: 6 months

To be carried out by whom: Others

Details: Staff from UNEP (Divisions of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI) and Early Warning and Assessment (DEWA) and one scientific expert

Institutional scale of use: National

Details: Advisory group on a national level while study area concerns local coast area

Assesment to be used by which target audience: Multiple actors

Details: Local, regional and national decision makers

Output: Report


Coverage & Methodology:

Region of origin: Africa, Latin America

Developed by which sector: Development cooperation

Applied in practice: Yes

Geographic coverage in analysis: Caribbean Islands

Potential geographic coverage: Worldwide (coastal environments), coastal zones and Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

Sectors covered: Biodiversity, Livelihood sector, Tourism sector, Water sector

Method used: Mixed method approach

Description of methodology: Quantitative, statistical approach including remote sensing data and modelling combined with stakeholder consultations

Risk framework used: No explicit use of risk framework

Risk components incorporated: Hazard

Hazards and impacts considered in the assessment: Cyclone (including tropical storm, hurricane and typhoon), Storm surge

Details: Data from available sources (remote sensing, census, etc) is combined with information on vulnerability from stakeholder consultations

Participatory elements: Yes

Details: At different levels (national, parish and communities) in order to complete data gaps from quantitative assessment and improve understanding of local contexts

Consideration of interconnectedness and -dependencies of risks: No

Adressing uncertainty: No

Scope of assessment: Identification of risks

Details: Adaptation options are in this case predefined, which is the restoration of the considered ecosystems. The assessment allows to quantify the value of the investment for different levels of risk

Relevance for losses and damages:

Economic/Non-Economic losses incorporated: Economic

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

Details: Sea level rise and storm surges


Recommendations for Adaptation measures included in Climate Risk Assessment: No

Applied by whom: UNEP, PIOJ

Open access: Yes