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John Waugh

Jan 6, 2014


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I'd welcome contributions from others on how to refine this idea; I'm making it open to edits.

Tomas Brage

Apr 23, 2014


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Thank you for your proposal waugh2k! In my opinion this proposal would fit better in the Adaptation to Climate Change contest since no specific urban element, as opposed to rural is apparent. However, I have some observations for your project: The idea behind this proposal is interesting and seems to aim at providing tools for local communities in the adaptation process. The bottom-up approach, and the presence of a knowledge generating tool may be two strong points in the proposal. The contents under the heading Who will take this actions? should be transferred to the heading What actions do you propose? and then explain who is the recipient of the project (e.g. local government) Where will these actions be taken? When you have identified the directing authority or stakeholder, the appropriate scale of the project will become more clear. Nevertheless, it seems that the scope is set out too broad. Usually the purpose of pilot projects is to narrow down the size of a task. What are other key benefits? Each of the bullet points should be broken down, in order to get to the "hows". What are the proposal's costs? On the other hand, since a location for the pilot project has not yet being defined I would suggest to leave the budget more unspecific.

Carolina Collaro

May 2, 2014


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In my opinion the proposal is a little bit confused, it is instead original the start: " from the Adaptation to climate change requires more resources than governments can provide". Could you specify better what is your background and experience about that?

Pianpian Wang

May 9, 2014


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This is a good idea! Adaptation had been ignored by the international level for a long time, this is because people once thought that adaptation measures has to be tailorized for different locations. However, we can still figure out a set of generic guidance to help tackle climate change. I think that's the foundation of your proposal. As suggested by other Catalysts, the proposer needs to break down the whole plan with more details. Besides, I have suggested that you still need to set a specific scope for the word community, because adaptation measures at different levels do have various requirement. The generic measures should be developed at the same level.

Vishal Bhavsar

May 18, 2014


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The concept is really good. As you would be aware adaptation related work would need larger involvement of local government or public bodies. So some sharpness in the proposal can be brought by: 1. Greater detailing of time 2. Why not start from one ward of a large urban area and focus on single element of climate change and where community level assessment and steps for that issue can bring changes and help in the fight against climate change Hope this suggestions are useful. Would be going through your proposal in coming time and would add my comments. All the best!

Mukesh Gupta

Jun 18, 2014


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Great proposal! please provide the details of how this proposal is specifically relevant from urban context along with its general applicability. Best

Nancy Cruz

Jun 19, 2014


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Cities are increasingly becoming "data driven." Toronto and New York are two great examples. These cities are openly sharing community level data in the hopes of tools like this. Perhaps you could comment on how your tool can use existing data sources? Also, what would this tool look like? A cellphone app or a completely new device? Great idea!

Abigail Derby Lewis

Jun 19, 2014


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Thank you for the proposal. I really appreciate this design, and would suggest that you consider adding a frontend component of the design that includes an asset-based approach. This approach has been used by social scientists to identify the strengths, challenges, concerns and values of a particular community, and what they are already doing to help reduce climate impacts, even if they don't self-identify these actions as "climate adaptation". These assets form the foundation of other efforts and action that can be then be scaled up. Hope that is helpful, good luck! Abigail

Khalid Md Bahauddin

Jun 20, 2014


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Really a very good proposal and your proposed kind of CRA for vulnerable population. You emphasized on soft approaches of interventions but to be more resilient, some hard interventions are essential for adaptation like infrastructural development. I think for Resilience Self-Assessment Tool, community should have contingency plan, would be great if you include it. Best wishes Khalid

Marina Psaros

Jul 18, 2014


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Great proposal. There are a number of efforts underway in the coastal management sector that may help refine your proposal, and in fact are already building pieces of what you propose. Two that come to mind: Adapting to Rising Tides (ART): Getting to Resilience:

Climate Colab

Aug 6, 2014


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"Although I like the concept of a self-assessment tool to assist with VA, many details are still missing from this proposal and it remains unclear. It also does not make the urban connection - how will it contribute to urban resilience? It also does not address how the tool would be constructed (eg., how would data be added - would people create profiles?) nor does it address how the quality of data will be assessed. It also floats between a VA tool and DDR tool, which are not the same." "Good idea, but not enough information around it to ground it in reality. Elements of the toolkit are not new, or innovative."