Climate risk management with the local community

Stage 3

It is necessary to contextualise information gathered to understand how climate risk and resilience affect development in the specific community’s context. Links between various local, regional or global factors, how these affect different people, communities, places and social or physical systems, guides what action to take, should be explored.

In doing so, a process of analysing the knowledge offered from the different stakeholders is achieved, thus supporting communities and CSOs to interpret existing weather data within their local context.

Understanding and managing the impacts of future climate change is often referred to as ‘climate risk management’. Scientifically, uncertainty is inherent to projecting changes to climate in the future. There is also uncertainty from a lack of knowledge of the extent to which future populations will be exposed and therefore vulnerable to these climate changes.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports on the main risks from climate change at the global level. The suggested information can be used in engaging communities in topics that affect them based on their context:

Some practical ways for supporting dialogue between communities most at risk, civil society organisations and national meteorological offices include information ecosystem mapping to support inclusive communication of climate services:

  • Survey populations that are directly impacted by climate-related risks to identify the sources of information they commonly use and the channels and networks through which they receive it, as well as the climate services they currently receive; GNDR uses View from the Frontline as one methodology for this
  • Placing the populations at risk in the centre, map out the survey results
  • Request the national meteorological agency to map out the channels and networks through which their forecasts are currently shared, if possible through associate CSOs or NGOs at national or international level
  • Identify key gaps and challenges in ensuring their services reach those populations most directly impacted
  • Assess how you could support communication to ensure more timely and inclusive reach to those people most impacted by weather and climate

This two-page downloadable case study illustrates the use of information ecosystem mapping in the DARAJA project in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Here, the Centre for Community Initiatives worked with the Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) to extend the reach of their services to residents of the city’s informal settlements.

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Climate context and risk analysis options

How to interpret weather and climate information

The probabilistic nature of information

Forecast skill

Integrating scientific and traditional knowledge

Risk-informed development

  • Stage three of the Risk-informed Development Guide suggests participatory relationship mapping exercises to help communities better understand complex linkages between context and risks in development planning; tools such as transect walks, observation and mapping; focus group discussion, household interviews and Views from the Frontline methodology; storytelling and local, traditional or indigenous knowledge gathering also support this process

Project partners

Our Risk-Informed Development Guide was produced as part of our Local Leadership for Global Impact project. The project and all related content was funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). All content is the sole responsibility of GNDR and does not necessarily reflect the views of the BMZ.

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Our Local Leadership for Global Impact project is implemented in partnership with Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe.

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