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A local vision of climate adaptation: Participatory urban planning, Mozambique (Vanesa Castán Broto, Emily Boyd, Jonathan Ensor, Domingos Augusto Macucule, Charlotte Allen)

With an estimated population of 1.1 million,1 Maputo is the most densely populated city in Mozambique. The city is sharply divided into two areas: ’the cement city’, or the old colonial centre with paved roads and high-rise buildings, and the bairros – largely underserved, congested areas that house the majority of the city’s population. Poverty and inequality, which are concentrated in the bairros, further exacerbate climate change vulnerabilities in the city. Chamanculo C is one such bairro where vulnerabilities have become evident during recent flood events. Responding to the urgent need to address urban deprivation, the municipality is currently implementing a neighbourhood upgrading programme in Chamanculo C. When it comes to debating climate-related action, displacement and relocation dominate the government’s thinking. The Public Private People Partnerships for Climate Compatible Development (4PCCD) project used an urban planning tool that recognises the capacity of citizens living in informal settlements in Maputo, Mozambique, to develop a vision for the future of their neighbourhood in a changing climate. A articipatory planning process empowered citizens to develop a collective vision and present it to government institutions and private firms in Maputo.

in: Climate and Development Knowledge Network, Inside Stories, May 2014.


Created Date: 19-10-2015
Last Updated Date: 30-11-2015
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