AUTHOR: adelphi and Eurpoean Academy of Bozen

LAST UPDATED: August 2014

TYPE OF TOOL: Handbook

KEYWORDS: environmental management, climate adaptation, land and land use, water, risk

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FORMAT: Downloadable PDF, 180 pages

LANGUAGES: English, French, Spanish

WEB LINK: (adelphi) (EURAC) (tool) (annex with templates, flow charts, user forms)

ABOUT THE TOOL: “The "Vulnerability Sourcebook", which was commissioned by the Deutsche

Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and developed jointly by adelphi and the

European Academy of Bozen (EURAC), offers a comprehensive tool for conducting regular

vulnerability assessments. The Sourcebook provides a standardised approach to vulnerability

assessments covering a broad range of sectors and topics (e.g. water sector, agriculture, fisheries,

different ecosystems) as well as different spatial levels (community, sub-national, national) and time

horizons (e.g. current vulnerability or vulnerability in the medium- to long-term). In the resourceful

annex technical and adaptation experts will find a wide range of practical tools and templates.”


“adelphi is a leading independent think tank and public policy consultancy on climate, environment

and development. Our mission is to improve global governance through research, dialogue and

consultation. We offer demand-driven, tailor-made services for sustainable development, helping

governments, international organizations, businesses and nonprofits design strategies for

addressing global challenges. Our staff of more than 150 provides high-quality interdisciplinary

research, strategic policy analysis and advice, and corporate consulting. We facilitate policy dialogue

and provide training for public institutions and businesses worldwide, helping to build capacity for

transformative change. Since 2001 we have successfully completed over 800 projects worldwide.

Our work covers the following key areas: Climate, Energy, Resources, Green Economy,

Sustainable Business, Green Finance, Peace and Security, International

Cooperation and Urban Transformation.

“The European Academy Bozen/Bolzano (EURAC) is an innovative centre for applied research

and scientific training in South Tyrol. Founded in 1992 as private institution, the EURAC is divided in

9 research institutes whose activity is primarily concentrated in five fields: Applied Linguistics,

Minorities and Autonomies, Sustainable Development, Management and Corporate Culture as well

as Life Science. These five very different research departments share a common denominator:

flexible interdisciplinary and strict co-operation between the researchers of diverse scientific and

geographic backgrounds.”

INTENDED USER: Targeted at governmental and non-governmental organizations working at the

intersection of climate change and sustainable development, particularly in adaptation and

development planning. “Users of the Vulnerability Sourcebook will most likely be familiar with issues

of climate change and adaptation already. The document, however, does not presuppose advanced

scientific expertise in developing and conducting vulnerability assessments. Rather, the Vulnerability

Sourcebook is written for users with a basic understanding of the concept of vulnerability and

methods for dealing with it.”