A Free Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis (CVCA) Handbook

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The Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis (CVCA) Handbook is designed to stimulate analysis and dialogue about climate change and human vulnerability. It uses guiding questions to examine factors at multiple levels using a variety of tools to gather information. It is designed to be flexible so that the learning process can be adapted to suit the needs of particular users.

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The Handbook begins with a basic overview of key concepts and CARE’s approach to community-based adaptation. It then describes how to plan for and conduct a CVCA. This is followed by a detailed outline of the analytical framework, with suggestions for tools that can be used at different levels to answer the guiding questions. Finally, the Handbook provides suggestions for applying the results, using examples and short case studies.

Detailed guidance on using participatory tools in a CVCA analysis is provided in the Field Guides at the end of the Handbook. In an effort to keep the Handbook concise and focused, it is designed to be used in conjunction with other resources, tools, and analytical frameworks. Links to complementary resources are provided throughout the Handbook.

Who is this Handbook for?

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The CVCA Handbook is designed for use by:

  • Project managers and field staff: Staff that is engaged in livelihoods projects or community-based adaptation projects will find useful guidelines on how to collect and analyze information from community, government and scientific perspectives. This information can be used to design locally appropriate climate change adaptation activities.
  • Local partners (government and NGOs): The tools and process are designed to be used and replicated by a wide range of stakeholders. Local governmental and non-governmental organizations can use the CVCA to assist in integrating vulnerability and adaptation issues into planning and programs.
  • Communities: Communities can use the tools in this Handbook to support their own process of investigation and learning. The results can be used to plan collective action on adaptation, or to lobby local government or NGOs for appropriate interventions to support them in adapting to the changing climate.

You can download this handbook for free here.