Tool Basics: Who, What, and When?

Who should use this tool?

Development practitioners and Task Team Leaders designing projects in sectors that are not covered in sector-specific tools.
It includes the following sectors and subsectors: Non-Road Transportation (Multi-Modal and Transit Systems, Rail, Aviation, Marine Transportation, and River Transportation); ICT; Mining and Metals; Solid Waste; Industry; Natural Resources (Forestry, Fisheries, and Biodiversity); Urban, Education, Finance, Social Development, Community Development and Other.

What does this tool do?

This tool serves as a self-paced guide for practicing due diligence during project design..
Specifically, it guides users through a high-level screening of projects for risks from climate and geophysical hazards. Using this tool will help ensure project teams that they have considered what effects climate change and natural disasters could have on a project.
The greatest value of the tool is that it provides a structured and systematic process for understanding climate and disaster risks. The actual risk ratings themselves, while instructive, should inform further consultations and dialogue, and help determine the appropriate level of effort for further studies during project design. The tool does not provide a detailed risk analysis, nor does it suggest specific options for making a project more resilient.

When should this tool be used?

This tool is intended to be used at an early “concept” stage of project development.
Note that a good understanding of the project location and components is required. The tool can be revisited if a project is modified or additional information is acquired.
This tool is a form of due diligence. It does not review needs or recommend solutions in sufficient detail for input into project design.

What if climate-related and other geophysical hazards have already been considered in project design?

If your project team has already designed measures to reduce risks from climate and disasters, use of this tool is still recommended. The tool will help ensure that they consider a broad range of hazards, including some that might not have been identified earlier. The project team should then be sure the risk ratings it applies in the tool reflect the measures it has already designed.
For example, if the project team is already planning to base the design of its project on future climate projections of precipitation, the rating it gives to potential impact should be lower than if it did not have plans to do so. If the team chooses to revise a potential impact rating downwards because climate and disasters have been incorporated into project design, it should include an explanatory note to clarify this for others reviewing the screening.