Climate change adaptation strategies at city-level are increasingly
important for identifying and implementing adequate responses to
climatic threats. Quito’s Climate Change Strategy (QCCS) includes a
range of innovative programmes that combine risk reduction with
institutional capacity building and enhanced citizen participation. This
case study presents the story of how such an innovative policy package
came to be implemented, including the contextual and enabling factors
that made it possible. It concludes by presenting the current status of
the QCCS’ implementation, remaining challenges for the future, and
lessons learned that may be useful for other cities.
Aligning adaptation with existing sustainability and environmental
concerns reduces cities’ vulnerability to climate change in an
Adaptation planning may be less successful where necessary
administrative reforms, including participatory management, are not
Gradual implementation of climate change adaptation actions can allow
for crucial learning and capacity building before comprehensive
strategic adaptation plans are carried out.
Obermaier, M. ELLA Policy Brief: City-level Climate Change Adaptation Strategies: The Case of Quito, Ecuador. ELLA, Practical Action Consulting, Lima, Peru (2013) 6 pp.