Increasing adaptive capacity through vulnerability assessments

Vulnerability assessments are necessary to ensure local communities adequately cope and adapt to both extreme events and climate change impacts. For many institutions working on climate change and disaster management, the high level of vulnerability for communities can come as a wake-up call. A vulnerability assessment requires a comprehensive evaluation of the impacts of climate change and disasters on all human, financial and social and political assets. Human assets express the quality of human resources including education and capacity, communication and information exchange. Financial assets consist of per capita community investment budgets in the national budget and financial sustainability of community-based organizations. Finally, Social and political assets focus the relationship between business and government institutions, traditional cultural and familial bonds, local network/associations and the ability to influence policy decisions. Undertaking a vulnerability assessment involves revisiting current strategies to coping with extreme weather events to also include considerations of the impact on food security, environmental sustainability, and poverty reduction.

Climate Related Risk

Human Health (general), Impacts on fishing, Reduction in crop yields, Species extinction, Changes in precipitation, Changes in temperature, Extreme wind episodes, More frequent and extreme events (general), Soil Erosion, Decreasing soil quantity/quality

Form of Option

Ecosystem-based, Educational, Information, Social services

Country of Origin



Province, county, or region, Resource-dependent people (e.g. farmers, fishers, miners), Specific group in a society (e.g. women, Indigenous, slum-dwellers)


The option exists in a real setting and was not created as part of the project., The option has been identified and implemented with indication that it will continue beyond the context of the project.

Institution / Legal Reach

Not indicated