Implementing urban participatory climate change adaptation appraisals: A methodological guideline

Caroline Moser, Alfredo Stein

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This paper provides conceptual and methodological guidelines for researchers seeking to undertake an urban participatory climate change adaptation appraisal (PCCAA), illustrated with examples from appraisals in Mombasa (Kenya) and Estelí (Nicaragua). It highlights the importance of hearing local people's voices regarding incrementally worsening and often unrecorded severe weather. The conceptual framework distinguishes between the analysis of asset vulnerability and the identification of asset-based operational strategies, and sets out a number of methodological principles and practices for undertaking a PCCAA. This PCCAA addressed five main themes: community characteristics; severe weather; vulnerability to severe weather; asset adaptation; and institutions supporting local adaptation. For each of these, it identified potential tools for eliciting information, illustrated by examples from Mombasa and Estelí. © 2011 International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)463-485
Number of pages22
JournalEnvironment and Urbanization
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011


  • asset adaptation
  • asset vulnerability
  • climate change
  • participatory urban appraisal methodology
  • severe weather

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global Development Institute


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