Climate-Resilient Development

Identify, evaluate, select, implement, and adjust actions to reduce climate vulnerabilities and improve development outcomes.



Competency Area

Climate Change


Understands the concept of climate resilient development

Understands basis of developing economically viable climate-resilient plans

Aware of scientific research on climate patterns and projections

Understands UNDP’s “development-first” approach, OECD’S a “climate lens” approach, fact-based risk management approach and LECRDS Approach

Cognizant of how climate-resilient development differs from traditional development

Identifies climate stressors and utilizes appropriate climate information

Aware of threats of climate change on current sustainable development and a severe threat to future sustainable development (high confidence; medium evidence, high agreement)

Understands and analyses “scope” and “assess” element

Establishes the development context and assesses vulnerability at an appropriate level of detail to support initial planning

Understands vulnerability and accounting for the following: 1. exposure to a climate stressor 2. sensitivity to that climate stressor 3. adaptive capacity to respond to that climate stressor

Understands climate-resilient pathway for development

Understands development goals, identifying the key inputs and enabling conditions for meeting those goals, and identifying climate and non-climate stressors

Carries out vulnerability assessment to identify key sectors/regions most affected by stressors and map out the sources of vulnerability for different programmes/policies/schemes

Determines what development decisions are being made, their timeframe, and whether they can be influenced by this process.

Carries out detailed assessment of the vulnerability of key inputs and/or the system identified in the scoping stage to climate and non-climate stressors

Identifies needs and opportunities in the context of overlapping structures of governance

Stresses on striking a balance between the immediate needs for adaptation v/s longer terms climate-co benefits

Carries out at the level of detail necessary to support strategy, program, or project design, and it should integrate climate information that appropriately aligns with the scope for action

Design actions that reduce vulnerability and support climate-resilient development

Identifies, evaluate, and select actions to reduce the impact of climate and non-climate stressors

Takes actions that minimize potential damage (e.g., increase flood protection), take advantage of opportunities (e.g., capture and store rainfall where average precipitation amounts may increase), or cope with unavoidable impacts speeding recovery or spreading risk through insurance programs)

Identifies adaptation options, select evaluation criteria, evaluate options, and select a course of action

Identifies adaptive options keeping in mind parameters on effectiveness, feasibility, cost, implementation timing, and technical capacity and political willingness.

Incorporates strategic consideration of the potential for impacts

Evaluate and adjust for climate resilient development goals

Establishes project management practices including climate stressors

Analyses implementation progress and adjusting the strategy, program, or project as needed or providing additional support to improve performance

Warranties that climate stressors are specifically taken into account during this stage in order to adjust development initiatives appropriately

Creates robust monitoring and evaluation methods to account for clear causal attribution as opposed to effects seen due to multiple and overlapping programmes/factors

Continuously monitors sustainability gaps through climate-resilient pathway for development

Understands current shifts towards climate resilient development and the trends that are shaping this evolution

Assesses the results of strategy, program, or project implementation to improve performance, ensure accountability, and promote learning