Capability statement

Climate change adaptation - building capacity for a climate resilient future

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Nidhi Mittal


Climate resilience and adaptation

The world’s climate is changing. The impacts and risks associated with these changes are being felt across all areas of development – human health and livelihoods, food and water systems, and coastal zones. Vulnerable communities and countries are starting to take steps to respond to climate change impacts by undertaking detailed risk assessments of their vulnerability. These will allow them to make informed decisions on adaptation measures and actions to address current and future climate change and variability.

Designing and implementing effective adaptation plans, policies and programmes at the national and sectoral levels will enable public, private and civil society sectors to manage disaster and climate risk effectively. It will also help to plan for uncertainty, measure and invest in institutional and local adaptive capacity and advocate for increased and sustained climate finance to build climate-resilient economies.

Ricardo Energy & Environment combines technical expertise with practical experience across many sectors and all aspects of adaptation processes to help countries and institutions adapt to climate change. We have a proven track record of working with a range of clients and stakeholders to link climate adaptation and development goals, and providing policy and programme support for the design, implementation and assessment of climate-resilient solutions.

Our services
Ricardo Energy & Environment provides a range of services to embed climate resilience in all aspects of adaptation planning and strategy through multidisciplinary approaches and effective partnerships with international and local organisations.

Our products and services include:
•  Mainstreaming climate resilience into development programmes, plans and policies.
•  Developing local, city-level and national adaptation policies, strategies and plans by providing underpinning research and technical support.
•  Identifying priorities for climate-resilient investment through climate-risk assessments, vulnerability studies and due diligence.
•  Design of adaptation monitoring systems, indicators and approaches to provide national governments with effective and efficient climate-change response actions to support internal programme appraisals and fulfil international reporting obligations.
•  Conducting evaluation studies including cost-benefit analysis and value-for-money research to help decision makers in appraising adaptation interventions for efficiency, effectiveness, equity and impact.
•  Carrying out sectoral and institutional reviews, to improve the integration of adaptation with climate compatible development objectives.
•  Providing adaptation finance policy and advocacy services, including co-ordination with international finance institutions.
•  Providing training, advisory and capacity building services to raise awareness and build organisational capacity.

Our experience
Examples of our work in this field include:

•  Developing guidance and metrics on monitoring and evaluating adaptation for the UK Adaptation Sub-Committee, European Commission, Global Adaptation Institute and the Global Environment Facility.
•  Supporting the development of the EU adaptation Strategy for the European Commission.
•  Providing strategic adaptation and capacity building support in 21 European cities and strengthening the Climate-ADAPT platform.
•  A study on evaluating adaptation in the context of development for World Bank Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and DFID.
•  Leading a major scientific research study on climate impacts and adaptation in agriculture in China.
•  Developing the National Monitoring, Reporting and Verification Framework to underpin the implementation of the National Climate Change Action Plan in Kenya.
•  Developing a climate-risk screening methodology for DFID programmes in Kenya.
•  Designing the South Africa Climate Change response M&E system (adaptation and mitigation) for Department of Environmental Affairs and GIZ, South Africa.
•  Training in adaptation policy and finance for country negotiators participating in UNFCCC climate negotiations for CDKN.

Climate Smart Initiative: Building Food Security in Ethiopia
Ricardo Energy & Environment, working with local partners, has undertaken the assessment and design phase of the Climate Smart Initiative (funded by the World Bank) in Ethiopia to build next-generation resilience programmes. This initiative aims to systematically integrate the implications of climate change to strengthen two major food security programmes in Ethiopia – the Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP) and the Household Asset Building Programme (HABP).