Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Community mapping for climate adaptation
According to John Waugh, improving access to information technology can help communities assess their own vulnerability and boost local planning. Climate change affects virtually all of the natural systems necessary for human survival. It has implications for water supply, food production, health and physical security. Climate impacts will vary from region to region, so planning for adaptation must be context specific, often local. It is more cost-effective to improve communities' access to information and technology for participatory planning, such as maps. Modest investment will increase their ability to assess local vulnerability to the impacts of climate change, strengthen their resilience, and extend the reach of national adaptation plans. Full paper available here.