The Tool

What is the PACDR?

The PACDR tool consists of seven modules that build upon each other to enable users to systematically integrate the consideration of climate and disaster risks into community planning and development. Good local knowledge can – and must – inform the assessment of climate and disaster risks, but the process can seem daunting. The potential for improving the adaptive capacity of households and communities or for implementing climate-friendly strategies may not be apparent at first glance. Taking account of hazards, risks, global warming and local responses requires information and a way of organizing knowledge and evidence into an effective plan. The PACDR tool can guide the way.
The idea behind the tool is that communities can apply their local knowledge in combination with general knowledge related to disasters and climate change in a way that suits their specific needs and situation. The tool provides a simple, easy-to-use structure and guidance to follow in the step-by-step development of a community assessment of climate and disaster risks and opportunities. The assessment can then inform ongoing or planned projects and programmes, and, more generally, community planning. The tool identifies available sources of relevant scientific information and provides links to numerous websites. It relies on local participation to identify hazards, to prioritize risks and to develop the strategies necessary to respond effectively to the risks.

The Modules

Module 1:  Context

Preparation of background material and compilation of information on the community

 

  • Review of the literature on climate change and hazards, and on national climate change and disaster risk reduction policies
  • Consultations with stakeholders

Methods: Description of climate change and disaster risks, policies, plans and strategies and the community context

Module 2:  Climate change and hazard analysis

Identification and application of local knowledge

 

  • Participatory mapping of hazards
  • Creation of a seasonal calendar identifying events and periods of hazard-related stress
  • Prioritization of hazards

Exercise 1: Hazard map

Exercise 2: Seasonal Calendar

Exercise 3: Prioritization of Hazards

Module 3:  Vulnerability assessment

Analysis of vulnerable livelihood assets and
resources and identification of the impacts of hazards

 

  • Creation of a vulnerability matrix

Exercise 4: Vulnerability matrix

Module 4:  Responses to the impacts of hazards

Survey and assessment of local responses taken to reduce vulnerability and enhance resilience

 

  • Survey and assessment of local responses
  • Compilation and presentation of assessment
    results and conclusions

Exercise 5: Review and evaluation of local responses

Summary: Review and conclusions

Module 5:  Adaptation strategies

Identification of additional responses to cope with climate hazards and impacts

 

  • Review of climate change scenarios
  • Identification of community adaptation goals
  • Consideration of adaptation strategies, obstacles
    and opportunities

Presentation: Climate change scenarios                      

Exercise 6: Community adaptation goals   

Exercise 7: Adaptation strategies, obstacles and opportunities

Module 6:  Co-benefits of adaptation strategies

Assessment of environmental and socioeconomic co-benefits of adaptation strategies

 

  • Creation of a matrix of adaptation strategies
    and co-benefits

Exercise 8: Identification of co-benefits

Module 7:  Community adaptation planning

Development of an action plan and community presentation

 

  • Identification of activities for individuals,
    groups, community and other stakeholders
  • Advocacy planning
  • Presentation to wider community

Exercise 9: Development of an action plan

Community presentation


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Download of latest tool version for each language

The tool has been continually developed, translated and adapted to the respective contexts. Here you find a list of different PACDR versions in different languages. Note that documents with the same version number but in different language may vary from each other.

Version Language Latest version from Download
PACDR 9.0 English 2020 Download
PACDR 7.0 English 2017 Download
EPRACC 7.1 French 2018 Download
APRCD 6.0 Portuguese 2012 Download
EPCCRD 6.0 Spanish 2014 Download
PACDR 6.0 Khmer 2014 Download
PACDR 6.0 Cebuano 2012 Download
PACDR 6.0 Hiligaynon 2012 Download
PACDR 5.0 Bahasa Indonesia 2010 Download
PACDR 2.0 Malagasy 2018 Download
Version Secaar French 2016 Download
PACDR 7.0 Bahasa 2017 Download