Community-Based Mapping Methodology for Climate Change Adaptation: A Case Study of Quarry Road West Informal Settlement, Durban, South Africa

  • Bahle Mazeka
  • Catherine Sutherland
  • Sibongile Buthelezi
  • Duduzile Khumalo


Participatory community-based mapping (PCBM) is a social learning process that develops understanding, knowledge and skills that empower and capacitate vulnerable communities to engage with the state and other actors around future development challenges including climate change. It therefore can provide a valuable platform to negotiate and design climate adaptation interventions. This chapter presents a PCBM process undertaken in Quarry Road West informal settlement, Durban South Africa, to build research capacity and co-produce knowledge to address climate risks. It reflects on the methodology developed to produce an inclusionary risk map, which included building the research capacity of local residents to identify new pathways for climate adaptation.



The authors would like to acknowledge the team of mapmakers at Quarry Road West informal settlement who engaged with them in this research. They also acknowledge the Water Research Commission, South Africa (WRC 2354), GIZ: City of Bremen, Germany and the Natural Environment Research Council, United Kingdom (U-Res) for co-funding this research. The authors would like to thank two anonymous reviewers for their valuable comments on an earlier version of the chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bahle Mazeka
    • 1
  • Catherine Sutherland
    • 1
  • Sibongile Buthelezi
    • 1
  • Duduzile Khumalo
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Built Environment and Development StudiesUniversity of KwaZulu-NatalDurbanSouth Africa

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