Building Community-based Research Capacity to Investigate Vulnerability and Adaptive Capacity in Coastal Ecuador
- a workshop for UTELVT faculty and undergraduate students on participatory action research methods,
- a pilot participatory risk assessment of three recently flooded communities in the region conducted collaboration with UTELVT and student research assistants to inform the development of flood-control strategies, and
- broader dissemination of the pilot study and training results through a meeting with stakeholders, including representatives of the provincial government, non-governmental organizations working in the region, and faculty from other Ecuadorian universities.
An integral outcome of this project was to strengthen local institutional capacity to conduct collaborative research aimed at exploring and addressing the impacts of climate change on local communities in the Esmeraldas providence. The team continues to explore options for sustained UTELVT training for faculty and students and additional collaborations between the University of MIchigan, UTELVT, and local stakeholders.
This project received a $10,000 Catalyst Grant in 2017.