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CRiSTAL Forests – Community-based Risk Screening Tool – Adaptation and Livelihoods focus on forests and ecosystems


The Community-based Risk Screening Tool – Adaptation and Livelihoods focus on forests and ecosystems (CRiSTAL Forests) is a decision-support tool that helps project planners and managers design activities that support adaptation to climate variability and change in forest-dependent communities.

CRiSTAL Forests targets project planners and managers working at the local or community level. It relies on information collected from desk-based review and stakeholder consultations at the local level (community and other local experts) using participatory methods.

Key questions addressed:

  • How could current and potential future climate hazards affect a project area, its forests, ecosystem services, and local livelihoods?
  • How can communities respond to the current and potential direct and indirect impacts of climate hazards?
  • Which ecosystem services are most affected by current climate hazards and which ones are most important for the response strategies?
  • How do project activities affect access to, or availability of, critical ecosystem services?
  • What project adjustments can be made to support climate adaptation and reduce climate risks?
  • What is the potential of activities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and participate in REDD+ schemes?

Sample data inputs:

  • Livelihood activities
  • Forest characteristics
  • Ecosystem services
  • Current and potential climate change impacts
  • Community responses to climate impacts

Sample quantitative outputs:

  • Climate risks to ecosystems and livelihoods
  • Proposed adjustments to existing projects
  • Prioritized new activities to support climate adaptation
  • Proposed actions for reducing greenhouse gases
  • Preliminary assessment of requirements for REDD+ participation

Access The Community-based Risk Screening Tool – Adaptation and Livelihoods focus on forests and ecosystems (CRiSTAL Forests).

Resources:

CRiSTAL Forests user manual

CRiSTAL Forests case studies.

Tool Summary

Cost:
  • Free
Expertise Required:
  • Simple
Geographic Scope:
  • Local
  • Rural
  • Sectoral
Activities/Scale:
  • Project
Impacts Assessed:
  • Environmental
    • Climate Resilience
    • Greenhouse Gases
  • Social
    • Energy Access
    • Gender
    • General