ORCHID: Screening Climate Risks to Development Cooperation in India
Description of project
ORCHID is a risk management approach to portfolio screening that stresses both the risks and opportunities of climate change. It identifies how climate change concerns can be combined with ongoing programmes, in particular through strengthening components related to disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. This tool has been applied in India. With up to half of the DFID-India portfolio of development programmes exposed to climate risk, the organization decided risk management needed to be accelerated urgently. A set of potential risk management and adaptation options was identified for each of the ten programmes flagged by the process. These options deal with current vulnerability to multiple stresses in the context of climate change and provide a firm foundation for building future resilience in many cases.
Thomas Tanner, Institute for Development Studies;
Lars Otto Naess, Institute for Development Studies.