Training in participatory scenario planning for land use change and sustainable infrastructure


Description of impact

Training workshops have been conducted in:
1. Kenya (Mombasa, Naivasha, Voi, Kisumu, Suswa, Nairobi, Amboseli)
2. Tanzania (Kilombero, Iringa, Dar es Salaam)
3. Sri Lanka (Jaffna)
4. Ghana (Upper West, Accra)
5. Namibia (Windhoek)
6. Scotland (St Andrews)

In partnership with following institutions:
United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre, University of York Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Namibia, Namibian University of Science and Technology, University of Dar es Salaam, University of Nairobi

We have generated a policy brief summarising a process in Tanzania and a 10 minute animation from work in Namibia.

A consortium has been developed to discuss the value of these methods at the upcoming Adaptation Futures conference, taking place in October 2023 in Montreal.

Who is affected

Conservation organisations, academics, PhD and MSc students, postdoctoral fellows, government actors in transport agencies, water utilities, local municipal authorities, multilateral agencies


The future is a contested space, especially in light of the climate breakdown. Methods such as Future Visioning have have remained at the margins of adaptation studies yet contain the potential to create collective spaces for the creation of just futures. Scenarios invite participants to look through wider timeframes and perspectives, opening up imaginative spaces, challenge assumptions and decolonise the future of adaptation. Yet, the application of participatory scenarios remains at the margins of adaptation, and the potential for scenarios to feed into more sustainable infrastructure developments, land use and urban planning and more robust environmental impact assessment is yet to realised. Drawing on these concerns for the potential and promise of visioning, this impact work aims to enhance capacities of researchers and practitioners in Africa and Asia in the application of scenario planning.
Impact statusOpen