To empower communities to identify attributes of their social-ecological landscape that they wish to preserve and improve, and others which they wish to transform. The reasons for doing a self-assessment may vary: a) to document best practices, b) to share and communicate, c) to develop plans for action.


Communities themselves decide if and why they want to do resilience self-assessment. There could be various reasons for a community to want to assess their resilience, including:

  • to prove that what resilient communities are doing makes sense
  • to learn and reflect on what communities are doing , and sharing and replicating what works
  • to communicate in common language with mutually understandable concepts in a respectful way
  • to plan for the future with all stakeholders
Why does a community want to do an assessment?

Why does a community want to do an assessment? Photo by Sarah Doornbos