Multidimensional Approaches to Participatory Decision-Making for Climate Resilience Projects

Dhaka, Bangladesh

This paper proposes a multidimensional approach to climate adaptation projects that increases both institutional capacity and community assets through decentralized, participatory infrastructure decisions. The best adaptations are those that address the local context while simultaneously increasing infrastructural, institutional, and community/individual adaptive capacity.


Dhaka, a city that is particularly vulnerable to increased flooding resulting from climate change, is used as a case study to explore the vulnerabilities, priorities, and coping strategies of the residents of informal settlements. A promising multi criteria analysis method for incorporating both local stakeholder and technical input is assessed and critiqued, followed by policy recommendations that exemplify the suggested multidimensional and participatory approach.