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Monitoring and Evaluation System. Photo © Jutta Benzenberg / World Bank
Monitoring and Evaluation System. Photo © Jutta Benzenberg / World Bank

Screening Resources: Climate Information Resources

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Climate Information Resources

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Climate information is crucial to understanding possible short- and long-term risks. The resources below can help to identify key climate and disaster risks to the project location. 

  • The screening tools rely largely on the World Bank  Climate Change Knowledge Portal (CCKP) which provides historical and future climate and climate-related datasets.  The CCKP data draw on global, quality-controlled data sets and are continually updated as new data becomes available. In some cases, the CCKP is supplemented with other sources of information. 

  • The CCKP’s Climate Risk Country Profiles synthesize and distill data sets for the purposes of the screening tool. 

  • ThinkHazard!, is a web-based tool enabling non-specialists to consider the impacts of disasters on new development projects. Users can quickly and robustly assess the level of river flood, earthquake, drought, cyclone, coastal flood, tsunami, volcano, and landslide hazard within their project area to assist with project planning and design. 

  • The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) Disaster Risk Country Profiles include information on key socioeconomic sectors that can be used to understand sector risk. 

  • The Building Resilience Index by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) provides the building sector a web-based hazard mapping and resilience assessment framework.

  • National Meteorological Agencies are specialized agencies for meteorology (weather and climate), operational hydrology and related geophysical sciences.

  • Climate Watch, hosted by the World Resources Institute (WRI), is a leading climate data repository, with information on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, country policies, and mitigation and adaptation commitments. 

  • Climate Impact Explorer, by Climate Analytics is a web-based tool, covering information on a broad range of climate impacts in all continents and countries down to the province level.



Resources to help identify a country’s main development goals and priority sectors: 

  • Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) Registry is a portal managed by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) which holds countries' commitments to climate action under the Paris Agreement.

  • The National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs) provide a process for Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to identify priority activities that respond to their urgent and immediate needs to adapt to climate change – those for which further delay would increase vulnerability and/or costs at a later stage.

  • Climate Change Laws of the World: a website covering national-level climate change legislation and policies in 164 countries.

  • National Communications are country-specific reports to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change that often contain information and research on a country’s key sectors that may face risks from climate. 

  • The World Bank Group’s Country Climate and Development Reports (CCDRs) are new core diagnostic reports that integrate climate change and development considerations. 

  • World Bank Country Partnership Frameworks (CPF’s) provide systematic, evidence-based, country-driven models, focused on the Bank's twin goals of ending extreme poverty and increasing shared prosperity in a sustainable manner.

  • National indicators from World Bank Open Datamay also be useful for this tool.

  • The World Bank Country Pages provide access to a number of helpful resources, including country briefs, country statistics, feature stories, and country portfolio information. 


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  • The World Bank Green, Resilient, and Inclusive Development report charts out the Green, Resilient, and Inclusive Development (GRID) approach, which departs from previous development strategies by promoting economic growth that goes hand in hand with environmental goals and social inclusion. 

  • The Climate Finance Impact Tool, created by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), is designed to screen for risks in the early stages of project development. It is designed for offline use in under two hours.

  • The UK Climate Impacts Programme Business Areas Climate Assessment Tool (BACLIAT) is a workshop-based process designed to help users consider the potential impacts of future climate change on business areas.








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  • The Water Rapid Screening Assessment Framework, by the World Bank, is meant to provide a consistent, credible, and repeatable process for project managers to use to assess climate risks in such a way that effort expended remains proportional to the climate sensitivity of each project. Phases 1 through 3 (climate screening, climate risk assessment, and climate risk reporting) provide elements of risk assessment, while Phase 4 shifts to risk management (Climate Risk Management Plan). Each phase specifies a product demonstrating that climate risks have met assessment according to an approved procedure. In each analytical phase, either the process ends because the climate risks have proved adequately addressed or the process proceeds to the next phase to address remaining concerns.

  • Water and Climate Change: Understanding the Risks and Making Climate-Smart Investment Decisions, by the World Bank, illustrates how climate change will affect hydrology and the resulting stress on and vulnerability of the water systems. The climate change dimension is also placed within the context of the impact of other stressors outside the water sector. The analysis is intended to inform the World Bank water sector investments on climate issues and climate-smart adaptation options.

  • Mainstreaming Water Resources Management in Urban Projects: Taking an Integrated Urban Water Management Approach, by the World Bank, is a guidance note for cities in developing countries for managing the urban water cycle in a sustainable manner by using an Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM) approach.

  • Climate Change and Urban Water Utilities: Challenges & Opportunities, by the World Bank, aims to help improve understanding of climate change on the provision of water and wastewater services by urban utilities; establish an analytical framework to identify and prioritize potential climate change adaptation measures; and assess the feasibility of implementing adaptation measures.

  • The IPCC Technical Paper on Climate Change and Water provides an in-depth analysis of observed and projected changes in climate as they relate to water.

  • The IPCC Technical Paper Linking Climate Change and Water Resources: impacts and responses ‎describes predicted impacts on the water cycle and describes predicted impacts on different sectors, including agriculture. 

  • USAID Addressing Climate Change Impacts on Infrastructure: Flood Control Structure is a factsheet which summarizes climate stressors on flood infrastructure.

  • Confronting Climate Uncertainty in Water Resources Planning and Project Design – The Decision Tree Framework, by the World Bank, is a framework which adopts a “bottom-up” approach to risk assessment using a thorough understanding of a project’s vulnerabilities to climate change in the context of other nonclimate uncertainties. It helps to identify projects that perform well across a wide range of potential future climate conditions, as opposed to seeking solutions that are optimal in expected conditions but fragile to conditions deviating from the expected.

  • Resilient Water Infrastructure Design Brief, by the World Bank is a guide on how resilience can be built into the engineering design of their project. With a focus on the three natural hazards most likely to affect water and sanitation infrastructure (droughts, floods, and high winds from storms). It provides a six-step process to help address weather and climate related challenges that are most likely to affect an infrastructure component at some point in its operational lifetime.

  • Hydropower Sector Climate Resilience Guide, is a methodology developed by the World Bank for identifying, assessing and managing climate risks to enhance the resilience of hydropower projects. It responds to the need for international industry good practice on how to incorporate climate resilience into hydropower planning, design, and operations.

  • Building the Resilience of WSS Utilities to Climate Change and Other Threats: A Road Map, by the World Bank, is a road map that builds on the understanding that climate change is most often an amplifier of existing uncertainties and should not be evaluated as a stand-alone impact. The approach reveals the strengths and vulnerabilities of investment plans concisely and helps utilities invest robustly by identifying near-term, no-regret projects that can be undertaken now, while maintaining flexibility in pursuing additional actions adaptively as future conditions evolve.

  • The Handbook of Current and Next Generation Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment Tools, by the European Commission-funded BASIC project, identifies models that can be used for impact and vulnerability assessments in the water resources sector, and evaluates their strengths and weaknesses.

  • Hydropower and Dams (H and D): Strengthening Climate-Informed Project Design, is a learning note developed by the Water Global Practice at the World Bank, which is a 4-note-series highlighting successful examples of water operations that support climate change–related activities and provide useful lessons and recommendations for project design.


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