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CRiSTAL is an assessment tool developed to assist community level project planners and managers in integrating climate risk reduction and adaptation strategies into development projects. It aims to highlight the links that exist between risks associated with climate change, livelihoods and community level projects. The tool itself is based on spreadsheets within the Microsoft Excel programme and is complemented by a step-by-step user guide. CRiSTAL is composed of the following four steps:
Although some scientific data is required at the outset, this tool is predominantly based on consultations with local communities and project stakeholders.
Experiences with CRiSTAL are available on: http://www.iisd.org/cristaltool/experiences.aspx.