The Risk and Vulnerability Assessment Methodology Development Project (RiVAMP) developed an assessment tool that takes into account ecosystems and climate change factors in the analysis of disaster risk and vulnerability. RiVAMP aims to assist national decision makers in evaluating their development options, by recognizing the role of ecosystems in reducing risk and adapting to climate change impacts.

RiVAMP specifically targets Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and other coastal areas that are highly vulnerable and exposed to tropical cyclones and related hazards (storm surges, landslides, flooding) and to accelerated sea level rise. First pilot tested in Negril, Jamaica, in collaboration with the Government of Jamaica and the University of the West Indies, RiVAMP utilizes an evidence-based, scientific approach that is combined with a stakeholder consultation process.

In March 2010, UNEP together with the Government of Jamaica successfully launched the report entitled “Linking ecosystems to risk and vulnerability reduction: The case of Jamaica”, in Kingston and Negril. The Kingston event was featured in national news and radio networks. Results of the pilot demonstrated the coastal protection values of coral reefs and seagrasses, while at the same time highlighting the increasing risk of beach erosion and coastal flooding due to coastal ecosystem degradation. RiVAMP highlighted the importance of protecting ecosystems for resilience against climate-related hazards.

In 2011, in response to the Government’s request, UNEP delivered a training on the RiVAMP methodology in Jamaica, targeting national technical and planning agencies. Since then, UNEP has developed an on-line training module that applies the RiVAMP methodology, together with a training tutorial manual.

Resources

Linking ecosystems to risk and vulnerability reduction. The case of Jamaica

On-line training module that applies the RiVAMP methodology

Training tutorial manual

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