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Understanding climate change adaptation: Lessons from community-based approaches

understanding climate change adaptation

By Jonathan Ensor and Rachel Berger
Published by Practical Action Publishing
Website: http://practicalactionpublishing.org
2009, 192pp, ISBN 978 1 85339 683 0(Pb), £14.95

The poor are particularly vulnerable to climate change because they have limited resources with which to adapt. In particular, climate change is affecting natural resources on which their livelihoods are invariably dependent. But only after the needs of individual communities are assessed should actions to support them be selected, the authors argue. Targeted at policymakers and NGO practitioners, Understanding climate change adaptation demonstrates how social networks can reduce vulnerability, strengthen resilience, and develop the capacity of poor people to adapt.

For example, in Bangladesh farmers are losing land due to erosion, floods are washing away entire fields and impacting fish cultivation, and droughts are affecting crop yields. In response, social networks have been strengthened to raise awareness, implement training and develop income generation and flood-proofing technologies. These included duck rearing, short duration rice varieties, floating gardens and elevated tube-wells. Other case studies are from Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Niger, Sudan and Peru.

Date published: September 2009

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