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Be climate, environmental and natural hazard smart !

Source(s):  Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (SDC )

CEDRIG online tool (

SDC launched a new online version of the Climate, Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction Integration Guidance (CEDRIG), a tool that helps to determine whether existing and planned strategies, programmes and projects are at risk from climate change, environmental degradation and natural hazards, as well as whether these interventions could further exacerbate greenhouse gas emissions, environmental degradation or risks from natural hazards (see the new CEDRIG ONLINE tool CEDRIG is developed and managed jointly by the climate change and environment (CC&E) and DRR networks of the SDC.

CEDRIG is divided into three modules: CEDRIG Light serves as an initial filter to determine whether an activity is at risk from climate change, environmental degradation or natural hazards, and whether it could have significant negative impacts in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, the environment or natural hazards. The results are used to decide if a detailed assessment should be conducted. CEDRIG Light takes approximately one hour and can be conducted individually.

The modules for CEDRIG Strategic (for strategies and programmes) and CEDRIG Operational (for projects) provide a more detailed assessment of risks and impacts and the identification of concrete measures. They can be conducted in the form of a participatory workshop in the field with all relevant stakeholders. Workshops can vary from one to three days in duration depending upon the scope and inclusion of field visits. Prior to the workshop, an additional in-depth context analysis on climate change, the environment, disaster risks as well as economic and political factors need to be conducted.

Key features

  • Better results
  • ​Easy to use​
  • Take a dual perspective and assess both risks and possible negative impacts
  • ​Work online, or offline and have your data easily transferred into the online version
  • ​Break the silos and integrate climate, the environment, and natural hazards​
  • Create your team and decide who should contribute and have access to each of your studies​
  • Involve relevant stakeholders and stimulate a dynamic joint effort to reach a better understanding
  • ​Store your information and safeguard documents and pictures in various formats
  • ​Identify concrete measures and improve your strategy, programme or project​
  • Join a community of practice and exchange experiences and improve your skills

Project managers in the field and at headquarters as well as the SDC's project partners or other interested organisations can use the tool! Visit to learn more about CEDRIG, create an account, launch a study and create your team!

The flyers in English, French, and Spanish can be downloaded (it is a double-sided flyer that once folded forms across).

Incorporation of DRR in SDC instruments

DRR considerations have to be incorporated into the following instruments where relevant:

  • strategies (country and global programme strategies): opening note, concept note, strategy documents, mid-term reviews
  • the project cycle management (PCM), starting with entry proposals, project documents, and credit proposals
  • PCM annual planning processes (annual report, annual plan and budget, allocation of human resources)
  • Monitoring System for Development-Relevant Changes (MERV)

The operational units at SDC headquarters (department and divisions) and Swiss cooperation offices or integrated embassies are primarily responsible for mainstreaming DRR into SDC planning and operational processes where required. Each cooperation office may nominate a DRR focal point, who might also cover the themes of climate change and the environment with allocated time.

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  • Publication date 09 Jun 2020

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