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Community-based Climate Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Planning: A Cook Islands Pilot Project

Created: 10/30/2011 - Updated: 2/15/2019


This publication captures and shares the process, tools, and lessons from a pilot adaptation project in the Cook Islands. The basic idea was to field-test a participatory approach that incorporates local knowledge and engages vulnerable communities in the formulation of adaptation plans that will be operable and most relevant to their circumstances. This document hopes to provide insights into how climate change adaptation may be strengthened and accelerated through community-based risk assessment and participatory planning.

Published On

Monday, October 31, 2011


Sector Addressed: 
Climate Justice
Disaster Risk Management
Land Use Planning
Public Health
Rural / Indigenous Livelihoods
Tourism / Recreation
Transportation / Infrastructure
Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Air temperature
Public health risks
Storms or extreme weather events
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Capacity Building
Invest in / Enhance emergency services planning and training
Increase / Improve public awareness, education, and outreach efforts
Conduct / Gather additional research, data, and products
Conduct vulnerability assessments and studies
Create stakeholder engagement processes to develop and implement adaptation strategies
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Community Planning (developing climate-smart communities)
Develop / implement adaptation plans
Develop / implement adaptive management strategies
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