Development of a methodological guidance for applying the IPCC AR5 risk concept and Vulnerability Sourcebook methodology in the context of ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA)

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Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) has substantially gained importance in the last years within international and national climate change debate and policies of various countries. Vulnerability assessments (VAs) are an essential precondition for determining effective climate change adaptation strategies. In 2014 Eurac Research, together with Adelphi, developed and published a practical framework methodology for a standardised vulnerability assessment, the Vulnerability Sourcebook, which since then was applied multiple times in different parts of the world. In 2017, Eurac Research developed and published a Supplement to the Vulnerability Sourcebook for using the IPCC AR5 risk concept. The aim of this project is to develop a practical and user friendly methodological guidance how to apply the Vulnerability Sourcebook approach under the IPCC AR5 risk concept in the context of ecosystem-based adaptation, based on real-case examples. Key partner in this project is the United Nations University (UNU). Output is a guidebook describing the concept and applying it using a real-case example.

Eurac Research is coordinating the project, responsible for the overall quality of the guidebook and working on the conceptual aspects. With this project, Eurac Research is continuing its work on Methods for Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments adapting it to a currently highly relevant focus of ecosystem-based adaptation. Thus making the Vulnerability Sourcebook approach relevant and applicable for a wide range of actors dealing with climate change vulnerability and adaptation.

Contact person: Stefan Schneiderbauer (

Climate Risk Assessment for Ecosystem-based Adaptation – a guidebook for planners and practitioners
Hagenlocher M, Schneiderbauer S, Sebesvari Z, Bertram M, Renner K, Renaud F, Wiley H, Zebisch M (2018)
Bonn: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

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