Seasonal climate information for resilient decision-making

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Practical Guide to Participatory Scenario Planning

Seasonal climate information for resilient decision-making

Participatory Scenario Planning (PSP) for seasonal climate forecast decision making is an approach to collaborative design and delivery of seasonal user-centred climate information services developed by CARE International’s Adaptation Learning Programme (ALP). The PSP approach has been documented, implemented in Kenya, Ghana and Niger through ALP, and adopted by the Agriculture Sector Development Support Programme (ASDSP) in all 47 counties in Kenya and by CARE and other organisations in a total of 12 countries. Based on this popular demand and the recommendations from an impact assessment of PSP, CARE, in collaboration with ASDSP and the Kenya Meteorological Department, has developed a detailed practical guide to support knowledge and quality implementation, and to upscale PSP.

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Chapter 1

Chapter 1 Introduces PSP in the context of climate resilience and makes a case for the need for climate information in decision making and planning for different sectors.

Chapter 1: Climate Resilience – The Context for PSP

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Chapter 2

Chapter 2 presents key concepts in climate services.

Chapter 2: Key Concepts in Climate Services

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Chapter 3

Chapter 3 presents the conceptual elements of participatory scenario planning used in the guide.

Chapter 3: Elements of PSP

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Chapters 4 to 8 

Chapters 4 to 8 are introduced collectively and provide practical guidance for facilitating the 5 steps in the PSP process. Each of these practical step chapters are colour coded and structured in the same way, including the purpose and expected outcomes of the step, duration, budgeting guidance, key concepts, theoretical explanations, practical implementation ‘how to’ guidance, and brief case studies.

Chapter 4, Step 1: Initiate and design the PSP process

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Chapter 5, Step 2: Prepare and plan for a PSP workshop

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Chapter 6, Step 3: Facilitate multi-stakeholder PSP forum

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Chapter 7, Step 4: Communicate with impact

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Chapter 8, Step 5: Monitoring, feedback and learning

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Chapter 9

Chapter 9 deals with the linkage between PSP and regional processes for climate information services in Africa and takes the reader through suggested next steps for implementing and scaling-up PSP in Africa.

Chapter 9: The Future of PSP

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Annexes

Annexes contain examples that demonstrate theoretical or practical aspects of certain concepts or steps in the PSP process.

Annexes

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