AUTHOR: International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
LAST UPDATED: 2013
TYPE OF TOOL: Analytic desktop software
KEYWORDS: humanitarian action, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), analytic desktop software, climate adaptation, risk reduction
FORMAT: Desktop application compatible with Microsoft Windows 7 operating systems and greater versions; downloadable user’s manual (PDF document, 56 pages)
LANGUAGES: English and Spanish, with translations in other languages forthcoming. Previous versions available in French and Portuguese.
ABOUT THE TOOL: “CRiSTAL is a project-planning tool that helps users design activities that support climate adaptation (i.e., adaptation to climate variability and change) at the community level. CRiSTAL stands for “Community-based Risk Screening Tool – Adaptation and Livelihoods.”
- Community-based – CRiSTAL focuses on projects at the local community level.
- Risk Screening – CRiSTAL helps users to identify and prioritize climate risks that their projects might address.
- Adaptation and Livelihoods – CRiSTAL helps users to identify livelihood resources most important to climate adaptation (i.e., adaptation to climate variability and change) and uses these as a basis for designing adaptation strategies.”
ABOUT THE AUTHORS: “The International Institute for Sustainable Development’s mission is to promote human development and environmental sustainability through innovative research, communication and partnerships.
Established in 1990, IISD is an independent, non-profit organisation that provides practical solutions to the challenge of integrating environmental and social priorities with economic development. IISD reports on international negotiations, conducts rigorous research, and engages citizens, businesses and policy-makers on the shared goal of developing sustainably.
CIFOR is a non-profit, scientific institution that conducts research on the most pressing challenges of forest and landscape management around the world.”
INTENDED USER: “CRiSTAL targets project planners and managers working at the local or community level. However, a wide range of other actors may also use the tool (including policy-makers and decision makers).”