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PROJECT: A participatory decision making approach towards climate resilient and inclusive urban development in Latin America


Project Reference: IDRC-1008

Full project title: Climate Resilient Cities in Latin America Initiative- Project -008: “A participatory decision making approach towards Climate Resilient and Inclusive Urban Development in Latin America”

Overview

CDKN, the International Development Research Centre of Canada (IDRC) and Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano (FFLA) launched the Climate Resilient Cities in Latin America research call in May 2016. This research call focuses on climate resilience in urban contexts, and specifically on small and medium cities in Latin America that are experiencing rapid growth.

After a rigorous and comprehensive evaluation process undertaken by the Technical Advisory Panel of the Initiative and the approval of the Steering Committee, six projects have been selected.

One of those is this research project, whose primary objective is to identify and apply a practical, innovative and participatory methodology and tools to support a climate resilient and inclusive urban development in the rapidly growing cities of Latin America.

The project aims to use a decision support tool and methodology in a multi-stakeholder setting, and test and assess in different contexts issues such as risk, vulnerability, urban development and decision-making. The goal is to explore different options to integrate disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and resilience building strategies that will also ensure less inequality and increase empowerment through a participatory process.

Main objective:

To develop and apply a practical, innovative and participatory methodology and tools to support a climate resilient and inclusive urban development in the rapidly growing cities of Latin America.

Gender perspective during the participatory process will be greatly encouraged, which will not only increase empowerment through participation in the decision-making process, but also help develop a project that will aim at reducing risk through access to information. In addition, while preparing for background reports in addition to interview process, gender disaggregated data will be sought for, which will help us understand context-specific issues.

This research project will take place in the cities of Santa Ana (El Salvador), Santo Tomé (Argentina) and Dos Quebradas (Colombia), which are small to medium sized cities that have experienced rapid development in the last few decades. All three cities encounter different urban problems and are at risk from different impacts of climate change requiring various disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and resilience building strategies.

For more information, visit the initiative’s website here.

Deliverables:

  1. 3 workshops 
  2. A series of conference sessions 

Suppliers: Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano (FFLA)

Project Value: £ 133,016.06

Picture: Babak Fakhamzadeh

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