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Stronger than the Storm

Applying the Urban Community Resilience Assessment to Extreme Climate Events

Urban leaders can use this assessment tool to measure differentiated climate impacts and community needs for urban resilience.

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Climate change is a global phenomenon, but the impacts are distributed locally and unevenly in cities. The urban poor are the most affected by climate change and are more likely to live in areas that lack sufficient infrastructure to respond to climate risks.

This working paper introduces the Urban Community Resilience Assessment (UCRA), developed by WRI. The UCRA is a tool for city planners to measure differentiated community needs for climate resilience. Measuring how communities and individuals have responded to potential climate risks can help identify needs for resilience and inform effective urban resilience planning. The paper explores insights on the tool from pilot projects in two Brazilian cities, and is also available in Portuguese.