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Compendium on methods and tools to evaluate impacts of, and vulnerability and adaptation to, climate change

UNDP Quality Standards for the Integration of Adaptation to Climate Change into Development Programming (CCA QS)

UNDP’s CCA QS provides a comprehensive yet concise and structure framework to ensure that climate change risks and opportunities are adequately addressed in its development practice.
The guidance presents a framework for best practices to facilitate a successful incorporation of climate change adaptation concerns in development programs and projects.

The guidance is useful to:

  1. Assist UNDP staff in the identification of climate change risks and opportunities relevant to existing programmes and projects;
  2. Integrate adaptation into new programmes and projects.

Project/programme planners and implementers are guided in the assessment of four ’quality standards’:

  1. Identification of climate change risks to programmes and projects;
  2. Identification of risks that a programme or project will result in mal-adaptation;
  3. Identification of adaptation opportunities;
  4. Identification and assessment of potential adaptation measures.

A set of questions guides the user in meeting each quality standard requirement, providing a robust guidance on the actions necessary to a comprehensive adaptation strategy. The guidance is presently being piloted in 5 countries in Latin America and Africa. Lessons learned from the project will contribute to a revised version.

Appropriate Use Screening of programmes, projects and policies.
Scope Regional, national, sub-national, local, community, etc.
Key Output Screening report outlining the different risks and opportunities of a specific programme, project o policy, as well as prioritised adaptation measures.
Key Input Knowledge on climate change risks, vulnerability, maladaptation, and possible adaptation measures for a given national, sub-national/local area which applies to the programme, project and policy being screened.
Ease of Use Technical knowledge and expertise required.
Training Required Knowledge and Experience in climate change and risk screening.
Training Available No formal training offered
Computer Requirements Computer access
Documentation See draft attached – comments welcomed
Contacts for Framework, Documentation, Technical Assistance

Marjolaine Côté

Project Specialist, Environment and Energy group, UNDP. 304 East 45th Street, New York, New York, 10017, email;

Cost No cost