Preprint Case Report Version 1 NOT YET PEER-REVIEWED

Blending Science and Community Voices for Multi-Scale Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Resilience: A Participatory Scenario Planning Approach

  1. Regional Advisor- Sustainable Agriculture & Climate Resilience, CARE USA, P.O.B. 419, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Version 1 : Received: 9 August 2016 / Approved: 10 August 2016 / Online: 10 August 2016 (10:14:00 CEST)

How to cite: Nurye, A. Blending Science and Community Voices for Multi-Scale Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Resilience: A Participatory Scenario Planning Approach. Preprints 2016, 2016080105 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201608.0105.v1). Nurye, A. Blending Science and Community Voices for Multi-Scale Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Resilience: A Participatory Scenario Planning Approach. Preprints 2016, 2016080105 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201608.0105.v1).

Abstract

Climate change is a major development challenge to Ethiopia. Unless adaptation measures are widely implemented, climate change can set back development efforts and achievements by years. Recognizing this, the Government of Ethiopia (GoE) and civil society organizations have since recently been making considerable efforts to tackle the climate change problem. This paper documents the experience of CARE International in Ethiopia in facilitating bottom-up approaches to promote community-led disaster risk management and climate change adaptation planning through a participator scenario planning (PSP) methodology. PSP is a coordinated approach which leverages a variety of stakeholders' skills and mandates to explore potential climate change risks and their impacts, and then develop locally relevant and shared adaptation action plans that support livelihoods, social capital and ecosystem resilience. The approach has facilitated timely access to and communication of seasonal climate advisories which in turn is empowering communities to take advantage of opportunities that climate presents, which is a key part of adapting to climate change. The institutionalization of the approach by district and regional disaster prevention and food security coordination offices in the southern pastoral regions of Ethiopia encouraged integration of PSP into community livelihood adaptation and local government development planning, hence continuity of the process. Sustainability is expected to be fully achieved when local government planning processes recognize the importance of and provides resources for the participation of meteorological services and community forecasting experts to help refine plans on a seasonal basis, and for systems for dissemination of advisories. Key words: Climate Change, Disaster Risk Reduction, Adaptation, Pastoralism, Ethiopia,

Subject Areas

Climate change; disaster risk reduction; participatory scenario planning; pastoralism; Ethiopia

Readers' Comments and Ratings (0)

Discuss and rate this article
Views 123
Downloads 157
Comments 0
Metrics 0
Discuss and rate this article

×
Alerts
Notify me about updates to this article or when a peer-reviewed version is published.