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The Urban Community Resilience Assessment (UCRA) is a tool that identifies differentiated needs for resilience planning in urban poor communities and focuses on current and future climate risks. The tool is structured in three aspects – assessing the vulnerability context at the city level, mapping collective community resilience potentials, and assessing individuals’ capacities to respond to climate risks and extreme events.

The UCRA helps cities incorporate individual and community capacities—social cohesion, familiarity with local climate risks, early warning systems and disaster readiness—into broader urban resilience evaluations. By analyzing these local capabilities, the UCRA provides a snapshot of preparedness behaviors, risk perception and the strength of neighborhood relationships. These findings enable individuals to identify context-specific adaptation actions and allow policymakers to engage community members in urban resilience planning.

To date, it has been applied in Porto Alegre and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Surat (India) and Semarang (Indonesia).

The webinar looked at key results from the applications in the cities and discussed how the tool can better capture differentiated needs to inform urban resilience planning.