Simulation Game „Increasing Climate Change Resilience of Urban Poor Communities in Asia-Pacific“

SimGameThe training kit simulates multi-stakeholder negotiations to update a local land use plan with climate change adaptation measures. During the simulation trainees learn how climate change affects various stakeholders, how the interests and stakes of all those affected complement or contradict each other and can appreciate the importance of an inclusive and adaptive approach. IPA was responsible for the conceptualization of the simgame and consulted the project partners during the writing process.

Asia and the Pacific is the world´s region most affected by climate change. While climate change mitigation is mostly discussed (inter)nationally, the impacts of climate change are felt at the local level. Many local government officials have a basic notion of climate change issues, but so far have largely not been able to translate this more abstract knowledge into practical initiatives to better prepare their cities and vulnerable groups to extreme events and slow-onset changes. As negative climate change impacts are expected to worsen over the next decades, it is imperative to capacitate local governments and all urban stakeholders – especially vulnerable groups – to better prepare for and deal with them.

To close the gap between abstract understanding of global climate change issues and the ability to develop and implement local, practical solutions to climate change impacts, a Quick Guide on Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience for Urban Poor Communities was developed, providing an overview of the key issues and the different options and tools to enhance resilience and adapt cities and their populations to climate change in a compact and easy-to-read format, showcasing case studies from the region. Core component of the accompanying materials to the Quick Guide is a 2 day simulation which gives participants the opportunity to take on the role of an urban stakeholder in a city introducing climate change adaptation measures. Trainees can learn how climate change affects various stakeholders, how the interests and stakes of all those affected complement or contradict each other and can appreciate the importance of an inclusive and adaptive approach.

The goals of the game are:

  • Transmit knowledge about various alternatives to enhance urban poor communities’ resilience to climate change;
  • Show the value of a multi-stakeholder-process and show how different stakeholders can look at the same issue from different perspectives;
  • Connect people with the materials and insights of the Quick Guide; and
  • Trigger dialogue at local level (trust-building)
Our tasks in the project:
  • Lead conceptualization of the simgame (storyline, dynamics, actors, structure of publication)
  • Backstop writers (instruction of authors and advise)
  • Commenting on drafts of simulations
Publications:

UN ESCAP, Rockefeller Foundation and UN Habitat (2013) Increasing Climate Change Resilience of Urban Poor Communities in Asia-Pacific. Simulation of multi-stakeholder negotiations to update a local land use plan with climate change adaptation measures (forthcoming)