IMPACT requires a systems-thinking approach, as it investigates the intersection between urban transitions, climate change and developing urban resilience. It is critical to regard cities as complex socio-ecological systems that intricately connect humans and ecosystems through resource and service feedback loops.
The methodology focuses on co-production, co-exploration and value creation to develop contextually appropriate responses. This requires engaging and collaborating with a range of stakeholders in different sectors of society and levels of government, within each project city.
Activities aim to:
- Understand how different African city stakeholders understand climate resilient development.
- Develop locally relevant criteria for the assessment of the effectiveness of collaboration mechanisms in contributing to climate resilient development.
- Identify and assess the barriers and enablers of collaboration mechanisms currently in place in four cities.
- Assess in what ways tailor-made collaboration mechanisms can be successful in enabling climate resilient development.
- Develop guidelines for the implementation of collaboration mechanisms that contribute to climate resilient development, which can be applied in local government policies and plans.
- Build the capacity of stakeholders engaged in the project to implement contextually relevant collaboration mechanisms that contribute to climate resilient development.