Adaptation Planning & Metrics
AMME and VRCs
Across all sectors of society and the economy, adaptation planning requires a recognition that existing assets and practices may no longer serve society or business as well, and the tools to adapt. Climate Adaptation Works has expertise in addressing these challenges and is committed to provide insights that support adaptation planning for a sustainable future
metrics for project planning & development
CAW has developed tools to help project developers plan, organize, and monitor the current and potential climate impacts on and outcomes of project activities. The applicability of our project planning services starts with impact assessment and ranges to the development and execution of adaptation-dedicated projects and the quantified assessment of adaptation results. We can help scope and execute planning and attract project finance through demonstration of resilience to enable the climate-proofing of existing or planned infrastructure, facilities, and supply chains. Our process in three steps:
Baseline - Benchmarking current practices and their vulnerability to current and future climate
Assessment - Using our data and analytics-driven approach for additional build and alternative practices
Plan - Approach to cost-effectively reducing vulnerability
Undertaking climate change adaptation begins with measuring the effects of climate impacts and vulnerability reduction, which is why it is essential to apply the appropriate measurement units, indices, or indicators---in short, metrics---in carrying out project planning. We can help you identify or even formulate the metrics that are most appropriate to quantifying your project’s vulnerabilities.
CAW experts created the Adaptation Metrics Mapping Evaluation Framework (AMME Framework) and can use it to evaluate metrics by national governments and identify appropriate metrics. The AMME Framework is sanctioned by the International Platform on Adaptation Metrics as a standard for evaluating and coming up with metrics, and Climate Adaptation Works has client experience deploying the Framework.
We can even deploy our own particular generally applicable metric, the Vulnerability Reduction Credit (VRC™). The VRC, developed by our affiliate the Higher Ground Foundation, is the monetized cost of the estimated impact of climate change that will be avoided as a result of a project. In brief, it can serve as a measure of work done to avoid damages or losses owing to climate change - a vulnerability reduction credit. The VRC has the further benefit of supporting comparisons between projects and sectors, for supporting project finance, and for aggregating information on results for sectoral and national target setting. A VRC is €50 worth of wealth-adjusted avoided impact costs. More information on the VRC can be found here.
Integrating appropriate adaptation metrics into project planning is a great challenge considering the multiple possible objectives, stakeholders, and data limitations
metrics for national planning & development
Identifying and deploying the appropriate metrics is both a challenge and an opportunity for achieving better sourcing of funding, target setting, and reporting of adaptation activities. Each country has different adaptation challenges and capacities, different data gathered and reporting hierarchies, which means that adaptation metrics must be country-specific.
Climate Adaptation Works has...
Proven experience guiding national ministries in selecting the metrics, reporting systems, and communications approaches that are both appropriate and robust.
Designed national adaptation management systems that integrate its climate Vulnerability Reduction Credit (VRC™) instrument that can convey quantified adaptation information from the project level up to the national level, and be used to report to the UNFCCC.
Authored the Adaptation Metrics Mapping Evaluation Framework (AMME Framework) and can use it to evaluate metrics by national governments and identify appropriate metrics for M&E, funding, program planning and national reporting.
National governments coordinating and funding adaptation activities, have responsibilities to report their National Adaptation Plans, Nationally Determined Contributions, and Adaptation Communications to the UNFCCC.