Assess climate risk

Climate risk assessments identify the likelihood of current and future climate hazards and their impacts. For an assessment to be done, up to date data on current and projected future climate related hazards and vulnerabilities is needed, which needs to be collected and maintained. These risk assessments need to be prepared in collaboration with other assessments of risks related to disasters and sustainable development. The risk assessments need to be a living document involving the relevant decision-makers, who also need to become aware and understand the risks and how they are best addressed.

How?

Before beginning a risk assessment, the organisation in charge need to establish goals and aims of the assessment, carry out a stakeholder analysis, as well as make a review of existing resources and data.
Risk assessments can be done at various levels; national, regional and local, and for different sectors and organisations. Several overviews exist of how to carry out a climate risk assessment.

Cities are encouraged to publish their Climate Change Risk Assessment. The primary public reporting platform for cities is the CDP Cities, States and Regions Open Data Portal. 

See below for examples and inspiration.  

Why?

Assessing risks can inform current and future investment decisions and prioritisation of climate action. 

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Panoramic view of Dodoma, Tanzania's capital city
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Dodoma, Tanzania - Rapid Climate Risk Assessment

GCA's City Adaptation Accelerator (CAA) is carrying out a Rapid Climate Risk Assessment in Dodoma, Tanzania. The results will be published here.

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Mohammed V Palace in Conakry
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Conakry, Guinea: City Scoping and Rapid Climate Risk Assessment

GCA's City Adaptation Accelerator (CAA) is carrying out a Rapid Climate Risk Assessment in Conakry, Guinea. More results will be available shortly.

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Libreville, Gabon: Rapid climate risk assessment

GCA's City Adaptation Accelerator (CAA) is carrying out a Rapid Climate Risk Assessment in Libreville, Gabon. More results will be available shortly.

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The old harbour in Bizerte, Tunisia.
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Bizerte, Tunisia; Rapid Climate Risk Assessment

The GCA is carrying out a Rapid Climate Risk Assessment in Bizerte, Tunisia.

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Antananarivo, Madagascar: skyline - view from the Haute Ville - Anosy Lake
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Antananarivo, Madagascar - Rapid Climate Risk Assessment

The GCA is carrying out a Rapid Climate Risk Assessment in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

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Jamestown in Accra Ghana
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Accra – Climate Risk Assessment and Institutional Scoping

GCA's City Adaptation Accelerator is carrying out a Climate Risk Assessment and Institutional Scoping in Accra, Ghana. Results will be published here. 

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Topographical maps help in assessing risks. New York City, USA. | Credit Frank Ramspott

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Assessing risk at transboundary level

Assessing climate risks at national level

Assessing climate risks at regional level

Assessing climate risks at urban level

Assessing climate risks at community level

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Get organised and strengthen institutional capacity

This means creating or assigning an organizational structure to coordinate and be responsible for the climate adaptation mainstreaming process.

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Risk dialogues and strategising

When climate risks have been assessed for multiple actors and sectors, these need to be coordinated and prioritizations worked out.

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Financing

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Policies and regulations

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Innovation, evaluation, learning and behaviour change

Adaptation will be a collective effort, meaning that many people from various sectors and levels will have to collaborate. 

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Planning, implementation, and operation

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