The Climate and Disaster Risk Screening Tool for Water Project is designed to help World Bank staff and other development practitioners screen water projects for risks from climate variability and change, as well as geophysical disasters. This Methodology web page outlines the methodology used, including both the scientific basis and the data sources that underlie the tool’s design.1
Purpose: The purpose of this tool is to conduct an early-stage screening as part of due diligence so that climate and disaster risks are identified and considered during the concept stage of operations. The tool is intended to help users determine the appropriate level of effort for further studies, consultation, or dialogue in the course of project design. It does not provide a detailed risk analysis, nor does it suggest specific options for increasing the project’s resilience.
Relevance: This tool guides project teams through a series of screening steps. When completed, these steps connect information on relevant climate and geophysical hazard risks with the team’s understanding of both their project’s sensitivity and the broader development context of the project location. The risks of concern are highly dependent on project context and location. Rather than relying on automated processes, the tool enables users to apply their subject-matter expertise and background understanding in assessing climate and disaster risks at the local level.
1A similar Methodology is applied to the other tools in this Climate and Disaster Risk tool kit.