Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis

Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis



CARE International's Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis (CVCA) model establishes awareness about how climate change policies, strategies, and programs can integrate social justice, gender equality, and empowerment, and how women's empowerment and other programs can integrate the additional challenges posed by climate change. It highlights the dramatic affects that climate change specifically has on vulnerable groups who make up some of the poorest communities in the world. By using local knowledge and scientific data, the Climate Change Strategic Plan approaches methods for educating vulnerable groups on how climate change affects their livelihoods as an individual and community, and the steps that can be taken to adapt to the altering environment. It collects information to better understand what local and national institutions have a role in shaping vulnerable people's adaptive capacity so that they can successfully overcome climate change.


The combination of CVCA and Community Based Adaptation (CBA) aims at strengthening communities resilience to climate change.


CVCA methodology provides a framework for analyzing vulnerability and capacity to adapt to climate change at the community level. Recognizing that local actors must strive for their own future, the CVCA prioritizes local knowledge on climate risks and adaptation strategies in the data gathering and analysis process.


For further information, please see the CARE Climate Change website.

Model Info

  • Date first used: 2010 January

  • Partners using model:

    This model is used by various partners of CARE Rwanda's Vulnerable Women Program.

  • Districts using model:
    • Musanze 
    • Kamonyik
    • Rulindo
    • Bugesera
    • Nyanza