The Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund (UCCRTF) and Oxfam officially launched the “Building Resilience at Community Level” project through a kick-off workshop on 6 February in Abbottabad municipality. The project is implemented together with a local partner, the Omar Asghar Khan Foundation.
The event discussed the strengths and vulnerabilities of the communities in partnership with the municipality. Participants also
identified the most vulnerable wards and selected the members that will comprise the community stakeholders group (CSG). The CSG is composed of key members of the community, particularly women, youth, and persons with disabilities, who would lead and coordinate the project implementation.
At the workshop, the objectives, outputs, and workplan of the project were introduced. Participants were provided a platform for strengthening stakeholder involvement and arranging the way forward to initiate project implementation.
The Building Resilience at Community Level project is funded through the UCCRTF, under the Urban Financing Partnership Facility administered by the Asian Development Bank. The project aims to support the urban poor communities, especially vulnerable groups, through an inclusive resilience planning process to enhance their well-being despite the impact of disasters and climate change shocks and stressors. The project covers 10 cities in five countries: Patuakhali and Faridpur in Bangladesh; Makassar in Indonesia; Yangon in Myanmar; Sialkot and Abbottabad in Pakistan; and Malay (Aklan), La Trinidad (Benguet), Del Carmen (Surigao del Norte), and Janiuay (Iloilo) in the Philippines.