Discussion 2 of the online learning exchange focused on how to identify and map climate related risks and threats to a city; the premise being that it is necessary to understand the local reality in order to best prepare for how to cope with extreme events and climate change. Dr. Martha Barata, who was involved in the climate risk mapping carried out in the State of Rio de Janeiro, and Dr. Andrea Young, who was involved in a more detailed exercise in the city of São Paulo, shared their perspectives, giving details of the methods used and the importance of such exercises. Based upon their own experiences, Learning Alliance participants commented on what makes local risk assessments effective, what types of data are valuable, and barriers encountered to consistent climate risk mapping.
ELLA. ELLA Learning Alliance on Climate Resilient Cities - Discussion 2: Climate Vulnerability and Risk Assessments at the City Level. ELLA, Practical Action Consulting, Lima, Peru (2014) 11 pp.