Climate Resilient Development Pathways (CRDPs)

Tool description

Climate Resilient Development Pathways (CRDPs) aim to integrate adaptation, mitigation and sustainable development objectives into flexible pathways over time, while considering deep uncertainties regarding climate change, as well as other sources of uncertainty. CRDPs support integrated urban planning and implementation of climate action.

CRDPs closely consider mitigation targets, and can be used for flood and heat impacts, as well as for a wide variety of development issues.

The main target groups are decision makers and/or urban planners, although a wider engagement is recommended for different steps during the co-creation process of pathways.



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Complexity explanation

The tool can operate on different levels of complexity from Medium-to-High depending on the type of approach choosen: respectively, qualitative (narrative) pathway or quantitative (data driven) pathway.

Benefits of using the tool

The tool enables:

  • To integrate adaptation, mitigation and sustainable development actions over time.
  • Get insights into the range of options to achieve resilient urban future(s), in the short to long term.
  • Gain insights into synergies and trade-offs between adaptation, mitigation and sustainable development actions.
  • Flexibility for defining next actions to reach policy targets, and before the consequences of climate impacts are felt.
  • Additionally it may support breaking silos within planning processes in municipalities.

City Hub experiences

Cork is using the tool to support flexible integrative planning of mitigation, adaptation and sustianable development through co-developing pathways over time at the municiaplity level. The pathways start with existing policy and targets, and are complemented with alternative measures. The outcomes show the synergies and trade-offs between adaptation, mitigation and sustainable development actions, as well as critical decisions Cork is facing in the near to long term to become a resilient city.

Logroño is currenly using the tool to support awareness about the potential complementarities or interfering effects among adaptation, mitigation, and sustainable development objectives with the idea to support the development of a common vision and targets considering these thematic areas and plan future city interventions in more integrated manner.

Triple-A phases

The tool can be used in the following Triple-A phases:

  • Ambition: It supports the development of a common vision and targets considering goals from different areas (adaptation, mitigation and sustainability) understanding how they may influence each other.
  • Action: It enables to define and plan next actions while being adaptable to changing contexts, targets and goals.


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The CRDP can integrate and complement outputs from other tools, such as the CRCTool or FloodAdapt tool, SVI Tool or Thermal Assessment Tool, as these tools provide risk/vulnerable areas, tipping points and/or possible adaptation options that are valuable input for desing flexible climate resilient development pathways.

The climate story of Gdynia​

Short summary: A story about Jan and Maria during extreme precipitation.

Theme: Flooding

End user: Citizens

Link to the story: under construction