Adaptation to climate change has emerged as an important developmental concern for India. Adaptation finances are on the rise continuously, both from global and national sources. Therefore it is essential that the agencies engaged in the planning and execution of adaptation projects and programs have a set of tools made available for successful implementation of climate change adaptation (CCA) interventions. Vulnerability and capacity assessment (VCA) is an important step for implementing CCA, helping stakeholders to pinpoint specific vulnerabilities to be addressed. While there are currently several VCA tools available, it is often difficult for national and sub-national entities to take stock of these tools and identify an effective option for their own use so this work aims to address this need. The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has been identified as a National Implementation Entity (NIE) by the Adaptation Fund Board (AFB). As an NIE, NABARD needs to guide the Executing Entities (EEs) in identifying and addressing climate change vulnerabilities in all the projects. Keeping this need in view, USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific has collaborated with NABARD to develop this simple VCA tool using participatory approaches. As well as helping EEs determine the baseline vulnerabilities, it can also be used to assess project effectiveness in terms of vulnerability reduction on a project timeline, evaluate and compare interventions for their vulnerability reduction potential, and to prioritize regions.
Note: Please contact the author for the final report and the accompanying Excel tool for vulnerability and capacity assessment (VCAI).