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Building partnerships for climate compatible development

The project Public-Private-People Partnership for Climate Compatible Development (4PCCD) emerged from a concern with the dominance of a language of public-private collaboration in climate change adaptation. Adaptation plans and initiatives tended to overlook local voices and didn't acknowledge that people are the main experts on their own experiences of climate risks.

We proposed to create opportunities between government and business that also included communities. Our strategy was building   partnerships to deliver adaptation outcomes. Working in one of Maputo's historical neighbourhoods (Chamanculo C) we supported a local process of participatory planning to discuss climate science, examine local risks and engage local residents in solutions that address their experience of risk. The process led to the establishment of a local climate committee led by members of the community. The committee made proposals to improve and maintain drainage channels and the water supply; manage local waste; and establish awareness and communication channels between citizens and relevant institutions. 

The project resulted from my collaboration with Mozambique's Environment Fund (FUNAB) and it was funded by the Climate Development Knowledge Network in 2011.

4PCCD demonstrated that:

  • citizens living in informal settlements can engage in discussions on climate change when it is made relevant to their lives.

  • participatory planning processes reveal climate vulnerabilities and open up opportunities for sustainable development.

In 2013, 4PCCD was recognized as a United Nations Lighthouse Activity for the Urban Poor within the Programme Momentum for Change.

A bilingual account (English/Portuguese) of the 4PCCD experience has been part of international training programmes on adaptation planning.

It is freely  available at the UCL Press website.


Participatory Planning for Climate Compatible Development in Maputo, Mozambique

Vanesa Castán Broto, Jonathan Ensor, Emily Boyd, Charlotte Allen, Carlos Seventine, and Domingos Augusto Macucule

UCL Press, November 2015

ISBN: 9781910634219

This dual-language (English/Portuguese) book addresses crucial questions about the relevance of citizen participation in planning for climate compatible development and argues that citizens have knowledge and access to resources that enable them to develop a sustainable vision for their community. The book proposes a Participatory Action Planning methodology to organize communities, and also advances mechanisms for institutional development through partnerships

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