Participatory planning for climate resilient and inclusive urban development in Dosquebradas, Santa Ana and Santa Tomé

Jorgelina Hardoy, Ebru Gencer, Manuel Winograd*

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Abstract

Urban governments need to take actions to reduce disaster risks and incorporate climate resilience into their development strategies and plans. But most local governments, particularly small- and medium-sized cities in the global South, lack the knowledge and capacity to do so. This paper presents the findings from a project that engaged local governments and other key stakeholders to develop a participatory planning process for climate resilient and inclusive urban development. The project took place in three small- to medium-sized Latin American cities: Dosquebradas, Colombia; Santa Ana, El Salvador; and Santo Tomé, Argentina. By engaging government officials and politicians, academics, technical specialists, and representatives of civil society organizations in interviews, workshops and focus group discussions, this project sought to identify a range of feasible options for climate resilient and inclusive urban development. In each city, this process provided rich, context-specific details to identify strategies and plan projects with the buy-in of city government and other key actors. The overall goal was to bring in a resilience lens to assess current and planned urban development projects in each city and reach a consensus on feasible and inclusive resilience options for development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-52
Number of pages20
JournalEnvironment and Urbanization
Volume31
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2019

Keywords

  • Argentina
  • climate resilience
  • Colombia
  • disaster risk reduction
  • El Salvador
  • inclusive urban development
  • Latin America
  • participatory planning

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