In the Identifying Priority Sectors stage, users will identify, as relevant, key country development goals, sectoral strategies, institutional and/or policy reforms; and associated sectors that are required to achieve them. The rest of the screening will depend on this identification. This step supports the "development - first" approach1, which aims to mainstream climate considerations into existing development priorities and associated planning and decision-making.
The approach is designed to help practitioners continue to work toward existing key country development goals while understanding the risks and opportunities that climate change may pose. Users will select priority sectors - those that are most critical for achieving the key development goals, sectoral strategies, institutional and/or policy reforms; rather than pre-selecting sectors based only on whether they are at high risk from climate change and geophysical disasters.
1 USAID, Climate-Resilient Development: A Framework for Understanding and Addressing Climate Change (Washington, DC: 2014) (http://pdf.usaid.gov/pdf_docs/PBAAA245.pdf)