This event shares and interprets evidence on adaptive responses to urban flooding and water stress occurring at the household and neighborhood levels and their relationship to the higher-level factors that enable or constrain such behavior and the contribution it makes to resilience. The event presents key concluding insights on the degree to which urban flooding, water stress and larger patterns of climate resilience are context-dependent and benefit the most vulnerable populations. The event also focuses on the key role that interactive storytelling can play in communicating complex concepts through different narrative forms to catalyze community engagement and responses to urban flooding and water stress.
We conclude that:
1. Diverse responses at local levels have a central role in building resilience and supporting adaptation to climate change, water stress, and flooding in urban areas;
2. Recognizing, enabling, and guiding such responses in higher level strategies and implementation activities is important;
3. Attention needs to be devoted to the drivers of behavior, the diversity and context-dependence of responses, and the nature of relationships at local levels along with their higher-level interactions with water, disaster risk and development interventions;
4. Interactive storytelling can effectively communicate complex concepts in ways that increase understanding and inspire responses to climate and water shocks and stresses.