Overview: Tool Purpose and How - To Purpose

The National/Policy Level Climate and Disaster Risk Screening Tool provides a broad-based, systematic approach for identifying the potential impacts of climate change and geophysical hazards on key sectors and policies that are critical to poverty reduction and boosting shared prosperity.
The tool is primarily aimed at development practitioners and World Bank staff who are
  • Interested in understanding key climate and disaster risks a the strategic and/or national level.
  • Responsible for development planning or programming in a particular sector.
  • Involved in developing policy and institutional reforms (i.e. Development Policy Operations (DPO))
By guiding the user through a systematic series of screening stages, this tool serves as a national diagnostic of risk from climate and geophysical hazards. It guides the user in
  • Identifying sectors that are critical to the country‚Äôs development goals
  • Characterizing exposure of key development sectors to climate change and geophysical hazards
  • Assessing the capacity of national institutions to systematically reduce and manage risks arising from climate change and geophysical hazards, and
  • Summarizing and rating the risks that climate change and geophysical hazards may present to the nation and to key sectors.

  • Time: Time requirements will vary depending on the user’s knowledge. On average, the tool is estimated to take 3 hours.
  • Resources: Relevant documents regarding country development, climate, individual sectors, and hazard risk management will be useful. Many key resources are available online and linked directly from the tool’s web pages.
  • Expertise: The users of the tool are not expected to have specialized knowledge of climate change. They will be provided relevant climate and disaster information through the World Bank Climate Change Knowledge Portal (CCKP). Users will apply their (sectoral) expertise and knowledge to assess climate risks based on the climate hazards.
  • Consultations: Users may wish to consult sector specialists to collect key information, since the tool can cover multiple sectors. Ideally, a lead person will consolidate the information and key it into the tool. Alternatively, individual sector specialists may access the tool separately and input their own information.
  • As an input for strategic planning at the national and sector or policy level:
    • The tool can be used to help evaluate the World Bank’s strategic approach to the country (e.g. as part of a the Systematic Country Diagnostic ) and guide the development of new, more resilient development goals and approaches.
    • The tool can help understand risks at the sector, policy, and institutional level as a contribution to the development of climate resilient sector based strategies; enhancement of development policy operations; and strengthening of institutions and governance.
    • The tool can help evaluate the readiness of national ministries and departments in reducing and managing risks from climate and geophysical hazards.
  • In conjunction with the Sector-based Project Level Screening Tools:
    • Using this National Tool can help prepare users apply the Sector-based Project Level Screening Tools by providing an overview of risks from climate and geophysical hazards.
    • Conversely, if a Sector-based Project Level Screening Tool has already been used, the National Tool can be informed by the results obtained from that tool.