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Conceptual Background


Tackling risks emanating from climate change, environmental degradation and natural hazards in an integrated manner is one of the greatest challenges of today. These risks significantly influence the resilience of systems and communities. Developing countries are particularly vulnerable to those risks due to their limited coping capacities. Furthermore, the necessity to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, avoid environmental degradation and prevent the building-up of new risks is a key challenge for all countries.

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The Climate, Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction Integration Guidance CEDRIG is an instrument developed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) to help development and humanitarian actors reflect whether existing and planned strategies, programs and projects are at risk from climate change, environmental degradation and natural hazards, as well as whether these interventions could further exacerbate GHG emissions, environment degradation or risks of natural hazards.


CEDRIG follows an integrated approach to assess the risks for and the unintended potential negative impacts of a new strategy, program or project. By its application, existing or planned interventions will become more climate, environmental and risk smart. CEDRIG is divided into 3 parts: CEDRIG Light will help you to decide whether a detailed risk and impact assessment must be conducted or not. In case of a ‘yes’, CEDRIG Strategic will help you to analyze strategies and programs, while CEDRIG Operational will be applied for projects.


CEDRIG Light is proposed to be conducted individually or in a participatory manner by involving various relevant stakeholders for maximum 2 hours. CEDRIG Strategic or Operational are proposed to be conducted in form of a workshop with all relevant stakeholders. The duration can vary from 1.5 to 3 days depending upon the scope and interest / availability of the participants. Additional efforts are necessary to prepare e.g. relevant information on the given context and current state of the art.

To view examples of CEDRIG studies, please follow the link below