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Evaluation of Interventions for Climate Change Adaptation: Instruments for Managing Residual Climate Risks

The report is part of the modular evaluation of interventions for climate change adaptation. The report evaluates the relevance, effectiveness and impact of instruments for managing residual risks that remain after climate risks have been reduced through mitigation and adaptation. The report was completed in 2021.


This part of the evaluation takes a formative, theory-building approach and contains a series of case studies. It performs document analyses, holds workshops and conducts qualitative interviews on the basis of a standardised, large-scale budget/company survey and flood modelling using geodata.

Findings and Recommendations

German development cooperation has suitable instruments for managing residual climate risks.

In order to cope with increasing residual climate risks, German developmen cooperation uses a range of instruments including risk preparedness, risk finance and transformative risk management. The focus here is on risk finance, and in particular the instrument of climate risk insurance. In light of the results of the evaluation, German development cooperation should increase its funding for managing residual climate risks.

Climate risk insurances have a demonstrable impact potential, but are not always used so as to provide the best fit.

Climate risk insurance is a focal area of German development cooperation. However, climate risk  insurance interventions are in many cases not a priority of the partners and target groups. If the priorities of the partner countries and the needs of the target groups were given greater consideration when designing the insurance solutions, their relevance could be increased. Combining them with other instruments would also increase their effectiveness To this end, the existing German approach to comprehensive risk management should be further developed.

In light of increasing residual climate risks, transformative risk management is gaining importance but is still under-supported.

Transformative risk management interventions, for example involving human mobility in the context of climate change, have so far been implemented only sporadically. Long-term, sustainable approaches for transformative risk management are lacking. Against this background German development cooperation should expand the portfolio for addressing human mobility in the context of climate change as a crucial component of transformative risk management.


The evaluation was completed in 2021. This is a summary of the results and recommendations; you can find the complete results and recommendations in the report.


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Dr Martin Noltze

Senior Evaluator - Team Leader

Phone: +49 (0)228 336907-934

E-mail: martin.noltze@DEval.org

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Dr Sven Harten

Head of Competence Centre for Evaluation Methodology / Deputy Director

Phone: +49 (0)228 336907-950

E-mail: sven.harten@DEval.org

The Modular Evaluation of Interventions for Climate Change Adaptation

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