UNFCCC Second Edition. Training Materials on V&A Assessment

Title: Second Edition. Training Materials on V&A Assessment
Client Type International Organisation – UNFCCC Secretariat
Our Role Adaptation technical expert

The Challenge

To respond to the mandates provided through UNFCCC processes the Consultative Group of Experts (CGE) sought to update of CGE training materials on vulnerability and adaptation (V&A) assessments developed in 2004-2005.  The UNFCCC Secretariat sought the services of Dr Robert Kay to design and draft these updated training materials – subsequently published and made available through the UNFCCC website.  This was a considerable task, requiring knowledge and expertise of a diverse set of adaptation challenges in different sectors. The work required analysis of National Communications submitted to the UNFCCC with respect to the methods and tools used for V&A, extensive literature review and analysis of all sectoral and cross-cutting techniques for V&A applicable in developing countries.

The materials provided a synopsis of key methods being used by non-Annex I Parties to the UNFCCC to assess V&A to climate change. They emphasized methods that are readily accessible, applicable and/or have been used in the preparation of national communications to date.  The Training Materials were designed to be accompanied by a series of PowerPoint presentations, which aimed to assist non-Annex I Parties in using the materials as a training resource.

As a complementary exercise, the design and facilitation of a Hands-on Training session, Nairobi, Kenya was also undertaken.