The CCF is built around the premise that no matter how poor, all communities have resources that can be depleted, saved, or invested. This framework identifies seven types of community resources, or capital, which include: natural (e.g., water), cultural (e.g., values), human (e.g., skills), social (e.g., social networks), political (e.g., ability to influence decisions), and built (e.g., infrastructure). Communities that use and build assets across these seven types of capital are generally more sustainable.
A survey was conducted to assess the perceptions of climate experts from the GHA to first identify and measure what impacts were being felt across the region. The results from this study will help develop further work on quantifying these impacts and to ultimately develop strategies to increase rural community resiliency to extreme climatic events through the use of the CCF.