Global Islands' Vulnerability Research, Adaptation, Policy and Development Project (GIVRAPD)
GIVRAPD was a project led by the CARIBSAVE Partnership and funded by the CDKN.The project was designed to utilize a common community-based vulnerability assessment (CBVA) framework to integrate scientific and local knowledge from comparative 'learning sites'. The aim was to understand the multi-scale socioeconomic, governance and environmental conditions that shape vulnerability and capacity to adapt to climate change within and between small and medium-sized coastal communities. The objectives were to address key data and knowledge gaps, develop and evaluate practical local adaptation and climate compatible development (CCD) portfolios, facilitate the mainstreaming and scaling-up of adaptation and CCD, establish scientific and professional networks and build capacity.
The ACDI was one of the partners working on the GIVRAPD project. They provided research assistance to undertake the CBVA's as well as contributing to the climate science aspect of the project and the downscaling of climate models for each case study site.
The project set the following specific objectives:
Address key data and knowledge gaps that have been a barrier to assessing vulnerability and community dialogue on climate change adaptation.
Develop and evaluate practical local adaptation and climate compatible development portfolios that address community needs and avoid maladaptation.
Facilitate the mainstreaming and scaling‐up of adaptation and climate compatible development into larger planning initiatives related to sustainable development.
Establish scientific and professional networks, build capacity and empower communities.
Examine and assess micro‐insurance as a viable adaptation and climate compatible development strategy.