Community of Practice “Climate Risk”

Expert Exchange on Climate Risk and Vulnerability Assessments



The technical exchange among experts in the field of conducting climate risk and vulnerability assessments (CRVA) is of high value for the work of German development cooperation and GIZ in particular. CRVA can serve different purposes including awareness raising, identification of adaptation measures, guiding and incentivizing investments and monitoring of adaptation success. Prominent approaches and frameworks include the Vulnerability Sourcebook, ECA, IVAVIA and ISIMIP, to name only a few (learn more). This Community of Practice (CoP) offers a forum for sustained and coordinated peer learning and exchange among globally leading experts in this field with strong ties to German development cooperation.


The CoP “Climate Risk” aims to promote exchange and innovation among experts around state-of-the-art and practically useful CRVA within the GIZ and with external experts & service providers.

The specific benefits generated through the CoP collaboration are:

  • Pooling of knowledge for CoP members (e.g. on new studies, reports, lessons learnt, brochures);
  • Getting support in and inform about solving specific problems encountered during the work;
  • Getting access to implementation experience and knowledge;
  • Learning from innovative, tried and tested approaches;
  • Share upcoming events and presentations and work on joint proposals for future events;
  • Ask questions and thus kick off interesting discussions.
  • The CoP “Climate Risk” has the overarching objectives of increasing the quality and efficiency of our work:
  1. Quality gains can be achieved regarding our advice on the design of institutions, processes, technical solutions and implementation tools.
  2. Efficiency gains can be achieved by spreading innovations and reducing the required time and money to deliver a specific service or to develop a particular solution.


The CoP selects topics according to their significance to the work of the members and implementation of GIZ projects. Topics include good practices in the application of the Vulnerability Sourcebook, the comparison of methods for climate risk assessments, as well as the climate risk communication.



Practical application of the Vulnerability Sourcebook

AlgeriaNationalCompletedVulnerability Sourcebook + IPCC AR5
BangladeshNationalCompletedVulnerability Sourcebook + IPCC AR5
BeninNationalCompletedVulnerability Sourcebook-inspired approach
Bolivia (two projects)SubnationalCompleted1. Pilot in the Vulnerability Sourcebook + IPCC AR4
2. Vulnerability Sourcebook-inspired approach + IPCC AR4
BrazilSubnationalCompletedVulnerability Sourcebook + IPCC AR4
BurundiNationalCompletedVulnerability Sourcebook + IPCC AR4
Madagascar (two projects)SubnationalCompleted1. Vulnerability Sourcebook + IPCC AR5
2. Vulnerability Sourcebook-inspired + IPCC AR5
MaliNationalCompletedVulnerability Sourcebook + IPCC AR5
MauretaniaRegionalCompletedVulnerability Sourcebook + IPCC AR4
MozambiqueSubnationalCompletedPilot in the Vulnerability Sourcebook + IPCC AR4
PakistanSubnationalCompletedPilot in the Vulnerability Sourcebook + IPCC AR4
PeruSubnationalRunningClimate Risk Assessment Guidebook for EbA + IPCC AR5
RwandaNationalCompletedVulnerability Sourcebook + IPCC AR4
Europe (several countries)SubnationalCompletedVulnerability Sourcebook-inspired + IPCC AR5
TajikistanSubnationalCompletedClimate Risk Assessment Guidebook for EbA + IPCC AR5
TanzaniaSubnationalCompletedVulnerability Sourcebook-inspired + IPCC AR5
ThailandNationalCompletedVulnerability Sourcebook + IPCC AR5
Viet NamSubnationalCompletedVulnerability Sourcebook-inspired + IPCC AR4
Europe (several islands)SubnationalRunningVulnerability Sourcebook + IPCC AR5



CoP "Climate Risk": Meeting 2019

The CoP “Climate Risk” met in August 2019 for the second time in order to share innovative approaches for climate risk and vulnerability assessments, to create a space for discussion and to build a bridge between policy-makers, academia and practicioners.

[All images are © GIZ GmbH / Mario Wetzel] 

CoP "Climate Risk": Launch Event 2018

In June 2018, the CoP “Climate Risk” met for the first time at its launch event in Bad Neuenahr/Germany. The meeting served as a forum to define a work plan, a roadmap and a common set of focus areas for further discussion and development of the Community of Practice.

[All images are © GIZ GmbH / Katharina Lotzen]