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Climate Risk-based Decision Analysis (CRIDA)


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      Past Trainings

      Several trainings have been implemented on CRIDA, and the training materials can be accessed here:

      • Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis (CRIDA): Training for professionals in water resources planning in Latin America and the Caribbean, March-September, 2022

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      The Climate Risk Based Decision Analysis (CRIDA) approach provides guidelines for assessing vulnerabilities in this area and offers guidance on developing adaptation pathways for sound water resources management. A regional CRIDA training was implemented for Latin America and the Caribbean on the different aspects of this methodology and to move towards the identification of possible case studies in this region for demonstration purposes. This training consisted of three different approaches: a free online course, four webinars and a special training on the methodology. 

      The Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis (CRIDA) approach provides guidelines for assessing water security vulnerabilities under climate variability and change. This methodology gives guidance on developing adaptation pathways for sound water resources management.

      Recent progress in CRIDA implementation includes an online course organized in English in 2020, with a high number of participants, and the translation of the publication of the CRIDA manual (originally in English) into Spanish in January 2021.

      Despite these efforts, more case studies are needed to demonstrate the versatility of the different approaches and tools with which CRIDA has been applied and adapt them to the regional context. This challenge has motivated UNESCO and DELTARES to organize a regional CRIDA training for Latin America and the Caribbean to train stakeholders on the different aspects of this methodology and to move towards the identification of possible case studies in the region for demonstration purposes. The whole training was composed of three components:


      • A short series of four webinars for a broad audience interested in the topic of uncertain climate risk management, e.g., government officials, practitioners and scientists (accessible online).
      • A CRIDA online course (self-directed training) and in Spanish (subtitled) on UNESCO's learning platform*  
      • Methodology training with case studies; a practical training for up to 40 people pre-selected through an online application and organized by DELTARES.


      An English version of the self-directed online course was also available between 1 March and 31 May 2022.


      • Stellenbosch training, May 2019
        A capacity building workshop was organised on the Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis (CRIDA), and was held from 27 to 31 May 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. The workshop engaged 47 participants from eight Southern African Countries (Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe) and was aimed to train key stakeholders on the different aspects of the CRIDA approach and to move towards the identification of potential case studies for demonstrative purposes.

      More information, including the training material and presentations, can be found on the CliMWaR Project Site.

      Past Events

      Launch of CRIDA manuals and online courses in French and Arabic at COP27

      Launch of the CRIDA manual and online course in French and Arabic at the UN Climate Change Conference COP27 (November 2022), together with the re-launching of the English and Spanish manuals and online courses. 

      Global Conference, October 2021

      A global Conference on 'Climate-Resilient Water Management Approaches: Application Towards Climate Action and 2030 Development Agenda' will be held in October 2021, organized by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme (IHP), the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA) and the International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management (ICIWaRM), with support from Flanders Government, the Dutch Government, World Bank Group, Deltares, Millenium Challenge Corporation and GIZ/BMZ.

      The objectives of this conference are: 1) to introduce participants to the technical and practical components of bottom-up approaches for climate adaptation; 2) to share a global set of case studies; and 3) to identify the policies and institutional capacity needed to more widely incorporating these approaches within national climate programs, climate finance, and the private sector.

      The specific objectives include:

      • Understanding climate change’s impact on freshwater resources in terms of both economic development and ecological sustainability
      • Comparing “top-down” and “bottom-up” approaches to risk assessment
      • Defining the characteristics of a “resilient” water management approach
      • Understanding the similarities and distinctions between different bottom-up approaches and the various contexts in which they can be applied
      • Understanding role of citizen science in designing a resilient water management approach
      • Addressing the gap between data and information in support of integrated water resources management
      • Identifying the roles of natural and built infrastructure, as well as way to define and compare risks/benefits
      • Defining the role of stakeholder groups in the planning and decision making process
      • Understanding key concepts such as climate stress tests, weather generators, performance metrics, etc.
      • Exploring the roles of the private sector and private sector finance for climate adaptation
      • Identifying potential applications relating to Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), or other national climate or development programs
      • Defining feasible funding mechanisms and the broader role of climate finance in resilient water management.

      Presentation of CRIDA at the Climate COP 25 in Spain, 2020









      Launch of CRIDA at the COP 24 in Poland, 2018








      Launch of CRIDA at UNESCO in 2018