The Local Early Action Planning (LEAP) Tool: Enhancing Community-Based Planning for a Changing Climate

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Type: Journal Article
Year of publication: 2015
Date published: 08/2015
Authors: Supin Wongbusarakum, Meghan Gombos, Britt-Anne Parker, Catherine Courtney, Scott Atkinson, Willy Kostka
Journal title: Coastal Management
Volume: 43
Issue: 4
Pages: 383 - 393
ISSN: 0892-0753

Tropical coastal communities face the impacts of climate change with increasing frequency and severity, which exacerbates existing local threats to natural resources and the societies that depend on them. Climate change presents a unique opportunity to reconsider how community-based planning is used to (1) improve overall climate knowledge, both through communicating climate science and incorporating local knowledge; (2) give equal consideration to the social and ecological aspects of community health and resilience; and (3) integrate multisector planning to maximize community benefits and minimize unintended negative impacts. This article describes a tool developed to respond to these opportunities in Micronesia and the Coral Triangle region, Adapting to a Changing Climate: Guide to Local Early Action Planning (LEAP) and Management Planning. It discusses challenges and lessons learned based on the process of the tool development, training with local communities and stakeholders, and input from those who have implemented the tool.

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