Knowledge Sharing for Climate Change Adaption

Climate Airwaves

Climate Airwaves

Associated Organization: AfricaAdapt, Ghana Community Radio Network, World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters

Engaging community radio in climate change adaptation research and advocacy in Africa. This project supports pioneering community radio stations in Ghana to share the latest climate change research with local policymakers and local communities, in formats that they can understand and use. Importantly, these radio stations will also be a platform for communities to share their valuable knowledge with each other and with others – giving a clearer picture of what women, men and children are already doing in their daily lives to adapt to a changing climate.

Themes: Crosscutting Issues, Gender, International climate negotiations, Poverty and vulnerability

Regions: West Africa

Countries: Ghana

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Why does this need to happen?

Climate change poses a very real threat to the lives and livelihoods of millions of Africans, with the poorest and most vulnerable disproportionately affected. Yet knowledge about how to adapt to climate change is fragmented – thousands of Africans are essentially left out of discussions on adapting to climate change that could have severe impacts on their lives. As a result, new climate change research often fails to reach those who need it most.

Why use radio?

There is extensive research showing the increased use and usefulness of radio stations and new technology – like mobile phones or the internet – for information-sharing. But opportunities to use these channels to encourage knowledge-sharing on adaptation to climate change, particularly among vulnerable communities, are being missed. In many parts of Africa radio remains one of the most commonly-used forms of media within these communities. This project responds to the urgent need to close the information gap between researchers, local decision makers, community members and climate information providers.

Who are the partners?

This research project draws on the expertise of three member stations of the Ghana Community Radio Network, the AfricaAdapt network on climate change adaptation and the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters to create useful methods to capacity build and encourage knowledge sharing. Overall coordination of the research is provided by the Institute of Development Studies (UK), which has a well-established record for innovative research on climate change and social development.

The research will run from July 2010 to August 2011.