In recent years, vulnerability assessments (VAs) have increasingly been used to identify climate change impact hotspots and to provide input for adaptation and development planning at local, national and regional levels. Vulnerability assessments assumed particular significance in the context of the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process.
The Vulnerability Sourcebook: Concept and guidelines for standardised vulnerability assessments provides a standardised approach to vulnerability assessments covering a broad range of sectors and topics (e.g. water sector, agriculture, fisheries, different ecosystems) as well as different spatial levels (community, subnational, national) and time horizons (e.g. current vulnerability or vulnerability in the medium to long-term).
The Vulnerability Sourcebook also offers step-by-step guidance for designing and implementing a vulnerability assessment which covers the entire life cycle of adaptation interventions, using consistent methods proven on the ground. This holistic focus on the full spectrum of adaptation measures, plans and strategies constitutes a new approach to vulnerability assessments. And it is this approach which represents the added value of the Vulnerability Sourcebook when compared with the growing number of reviews, guidelines and handbooks for conducting vulnerability assessments in a development context.
The Vulnerability Sourcebook is targeted at governmental and non-governmental organisations and aims to support their efforts to substantiate and enhance adaptation and development planning. The document is of interest to institutions that are engaged in activities at the intersection of climate change and sustainable development.
The Vulnerability Sourcebook also has a comprehensive Annex which includes supplementary information and tools which support practical implementation of the Guidelines. This includes sample indicator lists, indicator fact sheets and sample impact chains. The Annex also contains two detailed documentations from real-world examples – applications of the Vulnerability Sourcebook in Bolivia and Pakistan – to further inspire the user.