Short course training: Climate risk communication exercise

Submitted by Sukaina Bharwani | published 25th Mar 2011 | last updated 30th Mar 2011
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Introduction to the exercise

Dissemination of information on climate change and potential extreme events helps creating awareness, preparing measures and building capacity to save lives and valuables, minimizing disaster losses (Hellmuth, et al. 2007). Communicating climate information and risk involves using clear terms that are relevant to the targeted stakeholders; addressing climate risks and adaptation in an integrated, multidisciplinary way; engaging stakeholders substantively; and partnering institutions from scientific and policy communities to better understand and manage climate change risks. These considerations are integral part of a growing understanding of the need to develop an ongoing dialogue between experts on climate change science and users of the information that they produce. This will ultimately help vulnerable groups and sectors to better adapt to future climatic conditions and extreme events.

 

Role-play 1: Vietnam case study, visit to the community

Role-play 1: Vietnam case study, visit to the community

 

This exercise involves two role-play games. The main objectives of this exercise are to:

  • Put in practice the main principles and approaches of risk communication
  • Analyze climate data that you have generated using the Climate Change Explorer for the specific context of your case study and communicate possible climate risk to targeted stakeholders
  • Realize the complexities of communicating climate information and risks in relevant and user-friendly ways to different stakeholders

The game rules

The rules of the role-play games

The rules of the role-play games

Game 1: Vietnam case study

Team A will first play the role of researchers and practitioners with experience in climate adaptation and risk management, while team B will play the role of community at risk. Team A will develop the communication strategy to convey team B the climate information they obtained from the CCE analysis, and the climate risks that may affect the main livelihoods of the community. Team B will develop a list of ‘identified needs” based on the vulnerability story for case study 1. Team A has to meet team B and put the communication strategy in practice, making sure they are promoting a two-way dialogue process to create awareness about possible climate risks. Once the communication strategy is implemented, both teams can work on identifying two possible local adaptation options for the vulnerable community. Impressions from both teams will be recorded for radio broadcast.

Game 2: Thailand case study

Now team B plays the role of the researchers and practitioners, while team A plays the role of local authority and community representatives. Team B will develop the communication strategy to convey team A the climate information they obtained from the CCE analysis, and the climate risks that may affect the vulnerable area. Particular focus will be put on the 5 year development plan for the area (2 strategies to reduce migration) that the local authority has developed in collaboration with community representatives based on the vulnerability story for case study 2. Team B has to meet team A and put the communication strategy in practice, making sure they are promoting a two-way dialogue process to create awareness about possible climate risks. Once the communication strategy is implemented, both teams can work on incorporating climate risk considerations into the development plans of the vulnerable area. Impressions from both teams will be recorded for radio broadcast.

 

The role-plays

Role-play 2: Thailand case study, visit to the local authority

Role-play 2: Thailand case study, visit to the local authority

 

Role-play 1: Vietnam case study, visit to the community

Role-play 1: Vietnam case study, visit to the community

Each team did an excellent work in using approaches and techniques (see Advantages and disadvantages of some tools) to communicate climate information in the most effective way to the different groups of stakeholders. After the role-plays, we discussed some aspects that could be improved by each team playing the role-plays. Communicating a message in a clear and effective way can be more challenging than it seems. One thing is very important to keep in mind, communication is a two-way process! To read more about key considerations for effective communication go to Risk communication in the context of climate change.