Screening Steps

This tool will guide project teams through a series of steps to screen for high-level risks from climate and geophysical hazards to your project. This is a due diligence tool that is intended to help the user determine the appropriate level of effort for further studies, consultation, and dialogue in the course of project design. The results of this screening are not sufficient to serve as the basis for decisions regarding details of project design.
Click on any of the links below for a brief description of what will take place in that step.

Project Information

In this step, the user will input basic information about the project, such as its title, country and region, sector codes, thematic codes, and financial information. Users will also select the sector(s) and/or subsector(s) that apply to their project. The user may select up to 3 sectors and subsectors combined that represent the bulk of the project investment. The sectors and subsectors include:
  • Non-Road Transportation
    • Multi-modal and transit systems
    • Rail
    • Aviation
    • Marine transportation
    • River transportation
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Mining and Metals
  • Solid Waste
  • Industry
  • Natural Resources
    • Forestry
    • Fisheries
    • Biodiversity
  • Urban Development
  • Education
  • Finance
  • Social Development
  • Community Development
  • Other

Hazard Exposure

In this step, users will assess their project’s exposure to climate and geophysical hazards in your project location. They will select the hazards that apply to their project sectors / subsectors and location. The hazards may include any of the following:
  • Extreme Temperature
  • Extreme Precipitation and Flooding
  • Drought
  • Sea Level Rise
  • Storm Surge
  • Strong Winds
  • Ocean Temperature and Acidification 
  • Geophysical Hazards
    • Earthquakes
    • Tsunamis
    • Landslides
    • Volcanic eruptions

Project Subsectors

In this step, users assess the impact the hazard exposure (identified previously) may have on their project’s physical investments. For some sectors and subsectors--such as Non-Road Transportation, ICT, Mining and Metals, Solid Waste, Industry, Urban Development, Finance, and Education--the potential impact is on the sector’s physical infrastructure and service and operations. For others, such as Fisheries, Forestry, and Biodiversity, the potential impact is on the ecosystems and the services they provide.

Non-Physical Components

Non-physical components are project investments such as policy development, capacity building, and other activities. In this step, users assess how the non-physical components manage or reduce the potential impacts of climate and geophysical hazards. For example:
  • Emergency planning can reduce the impacts of natural disasters.
  • Long-term strategic planning that considers climate change can reduce the impacts of changing climatic conditions.
  • Capacity building can increase the institutional ability to respond to climate variability and extremes.

Development Context

The development context is the social, economic, environmental, and political context in which the project is being implemented. In this stage, users rate how the broader development context influences the potential impact of climate and geophysical hazards on the project. For example:
  • Legal enforcement can increase the likelihood that people and organizations will follow the proper safety standards in building and operating infrastructure.
  • High income inequality can worsen the impacts of climate change on vulnerable populations.
  • Strained financial resources can limit the ability to put climate adaptation measures into practice.

Overall Project Risk

In this stage, based on their previous ratings users rate the level of risk that climate and geophysical hazards pose to the outcome or service delivery of each sector and subsector in the project. They make this overall rating by adjusting the ratings of potential impact on the sectors / subsectors according to the influence of the project’s non-physical components and the development context.

Results Summary

In the tool’s Results Summary, the outputs of the screening process are compiled and presented in summary matrices by sector or subsector and by time frame (Historical/Current and Future). The results are intended to help project teams determine the appropriate level of effort for further studies, consultation, and dialogue in the course of project design.