Climate Change and Environmental Degradation Risk and Adaptation Assessment (CEDRA)

Strategic-level environmental decision-support tool.

CEDRA is an environmental field tool that assists development agencies in carrying out analysis of potential environmental hazards at project locations, and provides guidance surrounding the adaptation of projects. It is intended to help development agencies engage with the science underpinning climate change and environmental degradation, so as to inform the planning and revision of projects. The process described in the handbook is comprised of six practical steps, highlighting useful resources at each stage.

A variety of adaptation options are discussed in order to provide a selection of approaches aimed at strengthening the resilience of development projects. Case studies are drawn upon to outline the interrelated nature of development and environmental change. CEDRA has been designed to be used by development practitioners with experience in planning and managing projects. It can be described as a risk based approach that combines community knowledge with scientific data in order to undertake participatory adaptation.


Optional but recommended.
No cost
Using the tool: $500-$2000 minimum for a local partner to cover time and travel costs. Less if the work is shared.
Time needed:
Embarking upon the steps outlined should take an average of 22 working days. However, the process should be undertaken alongside other aspects of development planning, so it is likely to take place over the course of 3 months.

Accessing the tool

Online, Paper-based
English, French, Spanish, Bangla, Portuguese, Burmese
Adaptation assessment and process guidance tools

Aid adaptation decision processes; evaluate the tool's effectiveness and efficiency, including which policy cycle stage it can be used in.

Area of focus


For use in Asia, Africa, Latin America