Climatecafe: what is it? Community Building

Created at: 04 Feb 2019


Climatescafe: Our urban and rural environment (rivers, cities) are becoming increasingly vulnerable for climate change and there is an urgent need to become more resilient. Climatecafe developed the city- and riverscans methodology to measure, map, scan and assess different parameters that give insight in the vulnerability of a defined urban or rural area.

Climatecafe involves the development of a set of measurement tools that can be applied in different areas in a low-cost low-tech approach with teams of stakeholders and practitioners. Climatecafe uses storytelling and sketching as methods to connect stakeholders, motivate action, evoke recognition in a jointly formulated goal, such as taking climate action. The climatecafe method was tested in different areas around the globe in groups of young professionals and stakeholders in rapid urban appraisals.

Climatecafe is developed by Groningen and Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences to gather factual and objective data in a short period of time (1-2 weeks) by young professionals and practitioners that enable them to assess the ‘level of resilience’ of a specific area. The city climate scan method aims to use low-cost and low-tech tools and instruments. Parameters that are assessed in riverscans and cityscans: urban heat (temperature), urban water quality (several parameters as: nutrients, chlorophyll, oxygen), air quality (several parameters), urban floods (infiltration capacity) and waste pollution (plastic waste). Storytelling is recently added as a successful method to collect subjective data such as the opinion and perspective of the community and integrate these data in the climate scan results.

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