Catalyzing Urban Climate Resilience: Applying resilience Concepts to Planning Practice in the ACCCRN Program (2009–2011)

Catalyzing Urban Climate Resilience: Applying resilience Concepts to Planning Practice in the ACCCRN Program (2009–2011)

Report examining the application of resilience concepts to urban planning practice in Asia.

'Catalysing Urban Climate Resilience' is an Institute for Social and Environmental Transition (ISET) publication, reporting on the application of resilience concepts to planning practice in the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) program. Focusing specifically on the findings and activities of the second phase of the ACCCRN program, the paper examines work in cities across Vietnam, India, Indonesia, and Thailand.

The report begins by presenting an overview of the conceptual framework, developed by ISET and its partners during the program itself. The Urban Climate Resilience Planning Framework (UCRPF) represents a practical way of systematically translating scientific knowledge into applied planning practice, focusing on urban systems, agents, and institutions, as well as exposure to climate change. The report then describes the communication of climate information; the applied approached to shared learning; the implementation of vulnerability analysis, sector studies, and pilot projects; and the resilience planning processes and outcomes that emerged from phase two of the project.

Finally, conclusions are drawn from the various projects, including:

    • Climate projections should be more accessible to users; data was often incorrect and/or fragmented, and difficult to obtain.

    • Confusion regarding the role of climate information in adaptation planning, and the best way to communicate it, represents a challenge to both scientists and planners.

    • The format and presentation of climate data typically does not conform to planners' needs; extension services are vital to bridge this gap.

    • Even in developing countries with little capacity and high uncertainty, it is still practical to begin planning and action towards adaptation in cities. Such actions foster learning and bring benefits to communities.

    • The process involved in engaging with different sectors, building capacity and shared platforms, creating networks and relationships, are all more valuable to resilience than any strategy itself.

    • Climate resilience planning must be local and contextual. Throughout the second phase of ACCCRN, local partners modified a framework in response to their own requirements.

    • There are practical barriers which limit direct participation of marginalised groups in multi-stakeholder consultations, in many contexts; such situations require additional parallel and supportive processes.

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