Webinar: Identifying differentiated needs for resilience planning in urban poor communities

Published: 6th November 2017 10:14Last Updated: 20th December 2017 15:39
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Introduction

The Urban Community Resilience Assessment (UCRA) is a tool that identifies differentiated needs for resilience planning in urban poor communities and focuses on current and future climate risks. The tool is structured in three aspects – assessing the vulnerability context at the city level, mapping collective community resilience potentials, and assessing individuals’ capacities to respond to climate risks and extreme events.

The UCRA helps cities incorporate individual and community capacities—social cohesion, familiarity with local climate risks, early warning systems and disaster readiness—into broader urban resilience evaluations. By analyzing these local capabilities, the UCRA provides a snapshot of preparedness behaviors, risk perception and the strength of neighborhood relationships. These findings enable individuals to identify context-specific adaptation actions and allow policymakers to engage community members in urban resilience planning.

The scaling up of the application of the UCRA is a funded project of the Joint Work Programme for Resilient Cities, hosted by Cities Alliance. To date, it has been applied in Porto Alegre and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Surat (India) and Semarang (Indonesia). 

This webinar looked at key results from the applications in the cities and discuss how the tool can better capture differentiated needs to inform urban resilience planning.

Speakers

Katerina Trostmann and Lubaina Rangwala, World Resources Institute WRI

Katerina is a Senior Research Analyst at WRI Brasil and is based in São Paulo. She works closely with the Climate Resilience Practice. She focuses on urban climate resilience and community response and has experience working closely with cities to enhance community resilience in municipal resilience plans and city strategies. 

Lubaina is a Managing Associate with the Climate Resilience Practice and WRI India. She is currently leading urban resilience work for the WRI India’s Sustainable Cities program, focusing on livelihood protection as a means to build resilience in poor and vulnerable communities.

Webinar Information

This webinar was held on November 27, 2017, 2 – 3 pm CET. Find out more about the webinar here.

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