CSS: Climate Screening

Report
Climate Safeguard System:
Screening projects in the African
Development Bank
TOM DOWNING
AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT
BANK GROUP
OVERVIEW OF CSS
BASED ON THE PROJECT CYCLE
Task Managers are
faced with a well-defined
project cycle and
outputs. Projects must
meet investment
safeguarding standards.
Country planning is a
scoping exercise that
involves more than one
stakeholder and bringing
together a wealth of
information for the
Bank's planning but also
for public use.
• Envelopes of climate change: Uncertain futures
CLIMATE CONTEXT
KNOWLEDGE BASE
KNOWLEDGE BASE
With Climate Systems
Analysis Group, University of
Cape Town:
• Agroecological zones
• Downscaled climate
envelopes at the station
level
• Templates for describing
climate information for
country strategy and at
station-project level
Supporting documents & links
• Purpose:
required
Determine
what
additional
measures
are
• Outcome: Assignment of a project into one of three
categories
• Method: Sectoral scorecards
CLIMATE SCREENING TOOL
CLIMATE SCREENING
Principles behind the screening tool
NOT dependent on projected climate impacts
NOT lengthy all-risk assessment
Designed with the Bank and for their portfolio in Africa
Easy and quick to apply
Highly transparent process
Simple but not simplistic
Additive scoring
SCORING AND PROJECT CATEGORIES
Project category definitions
• Purpose: Incorporate adaptation plans into project design
• Outcome: Selected measures for project documents
• Method: Filtering of purpose, components and activities
based on simple criteria
ADAPTATION PROCEDURES
AREP
PRINCIPLES
NOT prescriptive: many possible adaptation plans for a project
NOT driven by uncertain climate scenarios
NOT forcing all projects to conduct full climate audits
Highly transparent: Bank has control over the process
Time spent in mainstreaming adaptation is proportionate to
the project category
Cost of adaptation activities is proportionate to financial risks
Driven by planning outputs and robust decision-making
despite climate uncertainties
STEPS FOR THE 3 CATEGORIES
SELECT PURPOSE & COMPONENTS
SELECT ACTIVITIES
COMPLETE THE RLF
• Transparency: Fully managed by the Bank
• Accountability: Documents each step of the analysis as
operational safeguard
• Results: Proactive management of projects to achieve
climate resilience
• Tracking finance: Proportion assigned to ‘additional
climate finance’ is relative to category of project
CSS AND TRACKING AID
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• CSAG, UCT
• Atkins (water)
• iSpace (tools)
AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT
BANK GROUP
FOUNDATIONS
The Climate Risk
Management and
Adaptation Strategy sets
a target to screen 80%
of the Bank's projects by
2012
Implemented through
the Climate Change
Action Plan 2010-2014
CATEGORY THRESHOLDS
The total score
enables us to classify
a project in one of the
three categories.
USE CASES
Timothy works in the AfDB.
He has received a project
proposal and been assigned
to…
Use cases are a formal
method in software design
Actor + Decision
environment + Outcome
We have run hundreds of
use cases at every stage to
ensure our methods provide
solutions to specific tasks in
the Bank's project cycle

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