This Climate and Disaster Risk Screening Tool provides a systematic way to undertake due diligence and flag potential risks for projects in the Coastal Flood Protection sector. The tool guides the user through a simple step-by-step approach to identifying potential risks at an early stage of project design.

Building resilience to climate and geophysical hazards is a vital step in the fight against poverty. Screening for risks from these hazards improves the likelihood and longevity of a project’s success. Such screening enables project teams:

To assess whether climate and disaster risks can have an impact on coastal systems

Local and regional climates are changing and affecting temperature, precipitation, and wind patterns. These changes may lead to:

  • Increasing intensity of tropical cyclones.
  • Changes in the rate of sea level rise and intensity of storm surges.
  • Changes in averages and extremes in temperature and precipitation.
  • Increased vulnerability in areas where there is additional risk associated with other geophysical hazards including earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, and volcanic eruptions.

This tool therefore screens at the initial stages of a project development for risk from both climate and geophysical hazards.

To assess how these risks could affect development

The impacts of climate-related and other natural disasters make development more challenging. For coastal communities, these challenges may include:

  • Damage to infrastructure services, such as water and sanitation.
  • Degradation of natural resources that support coastal livelihoods and provide protection.

To assess how the development context could modulate risks

In addition, the development context can influence the level of impacts caused by climate-related and other natural disasters. Social, political, and economic factors-such as access to finance and social safety nets-are important to consider in evaluating the relationship between development plans and risks.

To design climate- and disaster-resilient projects

Impacts from climate change and disasters can undermine the benefits of development. Addressing these risks during project design can therefore help protect and ensure sustainability of project investments. For example:

  • Engineers can design flood protection structures to tolerate higher storm surges or sea level rise in addition to earthquakes in areas considered of high risk.
  • Planners can develop zoning regulations to reduce or prevent infrastructure development in the most vulnerable coastal areas.
Product Type
Focus Area
Screening, Monitoring & Evaluation
Scope / Extension
Sub-national, Project, & Local/Community level
Coastal Areas (special case)
Methodological Steps
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Location
All Countries
Current Version
System Requirements
Contact Name
Climate Screening Help Desk
Contact Email
e-Learning available
e-Learning available
Facilitated Learning Avalable