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This paper reflects on urban planning approaches for adapting to climate change in developing countries outside of major cities, where resources and technical expertise are often lacking. Community and civil society based approaches are demonstrated to be effective when integrated with climate change science, building on on-the-ground knowledge and experiences of recent extreme climate events.

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These case studies differ from many of the more heavily resourced examples of climate change adaptation in Asia as they approach smaller cities, which although not as big on an individual basis, account for most of the developing world's current and emerging urban population. As such, effective techniques for dealing with these different socio-political environments are essential for mainstreaming climate adaptation planning.

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This page is a summary of: In support of urban adaptation: a participatory assessment process for secondary cities in Vietnam and Bangladesh, Climate and Development, February 2014, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/17565529.2014.886991.
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