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How to do ‘bottom-up’ community asset adaptation planning

Colonia Villa Nueva, Tegucigalpa. Photo: Aage Jorgensen
Colonia Villa Nueva, Tegucigalpa. Photo: Aage Jorgensen

New NDF-financed publication: Asset Planning for Climate Change Adaptation in Poor Neighbourhoods of Tegucigalpa, Honduras

In studies of climate change vulnerability, an important constraint relates to the uncertainty of climate projections that local governments require to estimate the risks and impacts that climate events have in different areas within the city. The lack of downscaled information makes it difficult to compare how individual communities, households and small businesses adapt to severe and extreme weather events. This creates challenges for local governments and other public and non-governmental organisations in implementing appropriate measures to increase resilience in poor urban areas.

The report draws on the experience of implementing the ‘Asset Planning for Climate Change Adaptation (APCA) Project’ to show how ‘bottom-up’ community asset adaptation planning can help to address this gap, and, in so doing, be mainstreamed into ‘top-down’ city strategic and operational planning.

The report outlines the conceptual and operational framework of the APCA approach, and the different phases through which residents from two urban poor Tegucigalpa neighbourhoods together with representatives of the Municipality of Tegucigalpa, and other local partners in a process of co-production, identified, negotiated and agreed climate change adaptation solutions.

Finally, the report provides examples of piloted adaptation solutions to severe weather (drought and rain) that were legally and technically feasible, and financially and socially acceptable, in the two neighbourhoods relating to water harvesting and used tire retention walls.

The APCA Project is a path-breaking collaborative initiative financed by the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) through the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and implemented by members of the University of Manchester with the assistance of a team of international experts. Local partners in the city of Tegucigalpa in a process of co-production included the following; the Municipality of the Central District of Tegucigalpa (Alcaldía Municipal del Distrito Central - AMDC); the Permanent Contingency Commission (Comisión Permanente de Contingencias- COPECO); the Foundation for Urban and Rural Social Housing (Fundación para el Desarrollo de la Vivienda Social Urbana y Rural - FUNDEVI); and the International Association GOAL (Asociación Internacional GOAL). The NDF support is linked to the larger IDB-funded neighbourhood upgrading programme.

The report is available for download below.

More information

Adaptation to Climate Change in Poor Neighbourhoods of Tegucigalpa [NDF C60]