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Guidelines for project managers

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The primary objective of the 'Guidelines for project managers' is to help developers of physical assets and infrastructure incorporate resilience to current climate variability and future climate change within their projects.

They are aimed at helping project developers understand the steps they can take to make investment projects resilient to climate variability and change. The Guidelines provide information on the steps that can be undertaken to integrate climate resilience within a familiar project lifecycle appraisal practiced by project developers. They are intended: 

  • to help manage the additional risks from climate change,
  • to complement and integrate within the familiar project appraisal processes used in project development, but
  • not to replace existing project development processes.

They explain when and how to apply sevenmodules which make up the climate resilience toolkit. The modules will help to: 

  • consider how a project is vulnerable to climate variability and change,
  • assess current and future climate risks to the success of the project,
  • identify and appraise relevant and cost-effective adaptation options to build climate resilience, and
  • integrate adaptation measures (resilience measures) into the project lifecycle.

Application of these Guidelines should help to minimise climate change related loss to public, private and combined public/private investments, leading tomore robust investment projects and, ultimately, more resilient economies. They should help developers to improve the success of investment projects and ensure their long-term sustainability.

By using these Guidelines, project developers can also demonstrate to project funders/financiers that climate resilience has been considered.

The Guidelines can be applied for two types of project: 

  • ‘Climate-influenced projects' – assets and infrastructure projects whose success may be affected if climate change is ignored,
  • ‘Climate adaptation projects' – whose main aim is to reduce vulnerability to climate hazards, such as a flood management scheme.