Q: If an organisation decides to undertake a CCRA, how much time and effort is involved?
Helen: Doing a CCRA can be a very involved process, so when I’m talking to organisations I encourage them to consider the purpose of the study first. Scoping is very important and the time it takes to scope a study properly shouldn’t be underestimated. Setting boundaries gives an understanding about what you are or are not taking into consideration.
A CCRA can range from a quick stakeholder engagement exercise (often as a workshop) to the sort of detailed numerical modelling that we are more well known for doing at HR Wallingford. But you need to understand where that fits into an organisation’s decision making processes and provide something appropriate.
Eleanor: It’s also important to understand that you don’t have to do it all at once. The idea is that it fits in with other risk management processes – you prioritise, monitor and review continuously.
Helen: Eleanor is absolutely right. It’s not something you do once, go away and forget about. It is an iterative process used to inform an organisation’s decision-making and ultimately its ability to adapt to a changing climate.
If you’d like to find out more about CCRAs , contact Helen on 01491 822325 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Eleanor on 01491 822255 or email@example.com.