Government of Barbados & The University of Manchester
Ketso was used to gather information from key stakeholders to develop ‘an integrated disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation mapping framework for flood risk governance’, as part of a PhD research project in the School of Environment, Education and Development at The University of Manchester, funded by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.
March 30, 2015 marked the inaugural use of Ketso in Barbados, and the government of Barbados has since bought a kit for on-going use.
Like other small island developing states, climate change poses significant threats to Barbados. Rising sea levels and increased flooding are particular concerns. The Barbados Government needed to develop new thinking to handle this increased risk.
They wanted to bring together participants from government, private sector and community stakeholders to ensure that multiple perspectives could be included in thinking about how to reduce flood related risks in Barbados.
Ketso was used to engage participants with very different levels of expertise and experience, from government administrators to the ‘person on the street’. More than 20 people attended the workshop, and Ketso allowed ideas to be pulled together from representatives in disaster management, flood management, information systems, water resource management, lands and surveys, building standards, the Government of Barbados, Town & Country Development Planning Office and Department of Emergency Management and more.
The main ideas for advancement were related to communication, institutions, laws and policy, research and flood assessment. The visual nature of Ketso allowed participants to see the key themes and to notice similarities. All three groups selected communication and research as key areas for further work.
“I really wanted to hear everyone’s view point and Ketso really helped with this. It also helped to bring structure to the discussion, keep it on point and move it along in a short-time frame. It was rewarding to hear from both administrators and community alike that they enjoyed the workshop, and the kit especially.”
– Nicola Greenidge, PhD Candidate, School of Environment, Education and Development, The University of Manchester