The concepts of resilience,adaptation and transformationare gaining prominence and being translated into aspirational goals that guide policy development. Understanding resilience, adaptation and transformation is critical to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly those related to climate change adaptation, food security, and safeguarding ecosystem functions. It is also an essential operational concept for success in delivering the GEF Program. Devising interventions to embed resilience goals into project planning requires methods to evaluate resilience, and identify needs with respect to adaptation and transformation.
The Resilience, Adaptation Pathways and Transformation Assessment Framework (RAPTA) provides a tool to align approaches and monitoring towards common objectives, contribute to integrated strategies, and pursue synergies in reporting between the Rio Conventions[1. Use of RAPTA will assist development initiatives to generate sustained positive impacts.
RAPTA was developed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in partnership with STAP.
The RAPTA guidelines give practical guidance on the application of RAPTA in project design. The guidelines are targeted at practitioners working with local stakeholders to devise effective development projects that build resilience to shocks, stresses, and major external change.
The guidelines are particularly relevant for agricultural systems, but RAPTA’s concepts and approach are applicable across the sustainable development agenda.
The guidelines are described in the document:
O’Connell, D., Abel, N., Grigg, N., Maru, Y., Butler, J., Cowie, A., Stone-Jovicich, S., Walker, B.,Wise, R., Ruhweza, A., Pearson, L., Ryan, P., Stafford Smith, M. (2016). “Designing projects in a rapidly changing world: Guidelines for embedding resilience, adaptation and transformation into sustainable development projects. (Version 1.0)”
The background concepts and theoretical underpinning of RAPTA are described in the technical report:
The case studies report presents a desk-top application of RAPTA in two agro-ecosystems: irrigated rice in Thailand and a semi-arid agro-pastoral system in Niger:
Grigg, N., Abel, N., O’Connell, D. & Walker, B. (2015) Resilience assessment case studies in Thailand and Niger: Case studies to accompany a discussion paper for UNCCD STAP workshop 19-21 November 2014, Sydney, Australia.
The summary and brief on RAPTA are available below.
 The Rio conventions: the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, UNCCD; the Convention on Biological Diversity, CBD, and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, UNFCCC