Knowledge Sharing for Climate Change Adaption

Resources for Theme 'Poverty and vulnerability'

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  • Documents

    Advancing Adaptation through Communication for Development


    federica-matteoli | 2009-02-01 | 1.6 MB | details

    In the context of community-based adaptation to climate change, ComDev involves the systematic design and use of participatory communication processes, strategies, and media to share knowledge and information among all stakeholders in a particular agro-ecological context. It aims to enhance people's resilience and capacity to cope through diverse livelihood options.

  • Climate Change: Voices from Communities Affected by Climate Change


    blaneh | 2002-11-01 | 986.4 KB | details

    These case studies chronicle specific impacts, and provide testimonies of local community members who have dramatic first-hand experience of devastating climate events. They also describe their perceptions of the various challenges faced by policymakers, decision makers, and even the local populations themselves.

  • Reducing Human Vulnerability to Climate-Related Hazards: Towards a Common Approach between the Climate Change Adaptation and the Disaster Risk Reduction Communities


    blaneh | 2002-05-06 | 55.0 KB | details

    This paper calls for stronger collaboration between disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation for a better, common effort to address vulnerability, the scale and underlying causes of which have been largely ignored.

  • Réduction de la pauvreté et changements climatiques. Quelle sera l’influence des changements climatiques dans les efforts de lutte contre la pauvreté ?


    blaneh | 2002-05-05 | 166.4 KB | details

    CIDA’sbriefing paper summarises major impacts of climate change on the poor: increased frequency of extreme weather events, sea level rise, biodiversity loss, meteorological shifts, and increased desertification and drought.

  • What’s in a Word? Conflicting Interpretations of Vulnerability in Climate Change Research


    blaneh | 2002-03-01 | 390.3 KB | details

    The paper discusses two competing interpretations of vulnerability in the climate change literature and considers the implications for both research and policy. The paper illustrates the crucial differences in practical consequences of these two approaches through the examples of Norway and Mozambique.

  • Vulnerability and Adaptation Work Program


    blaneh | 2002-01-01 | 1.5 MB | details

    IISD has adopted an approach that promotes the integration of climate-risk reduction in development decision-making processes, bridging the gap between knowing and doing, ecosystem-based approaches, working with different communities and partners at different scales and within different sectors, and a holistic perspective understanding the multiplicity of stressors. The brief also outlines the seven vulnerability and adaptation work areas of IISD.

  • Photos

    Climate change and adaptation: Snow falls in East africa region


    ahs | 2010-09-06 | 237.2 KB | details

    Snow falls in Kenya!

  • Snow Falls in Kenya!


    ahs | 2010-09-06 | 88.0 KB | details

    Snow falls in Kenya!

  • Photo de famille, Forum d'apprentissage sur Évaluer comment l'adaptation aux changements climatiques contribue à la réduction de la pauvreté


    nathalie-beaulieu | 2010-01-01 | 437.4 KB | details

    Photos des participants de l'atelier. Photos of the participants of the workshop.

  • AARC Workshop_Group Photo


    admin | 2010-01-01 | 1021.2 KB | details

    AARC project team members from Ghana, Kenya, Burkina Faso, Tanzania, Benin, Egypt and South Africa. The AfricaAdapt Knowledge-Sharing Network and the Platform for exchange between African research scientists and policy-makers on climate change adaptation are also represented at this workshop.

  • Links

    Photos: Enda Energie, GIZC et DEEC conduisent une caravanne de sensibilisation sur les zones cotieres


    admin | 2014-04-08 | details

    Photos sur les Discours officiels, sites du projet et temps forts de la Caravane.

  • Building climate resilience in the Sahel


    admin | 2013-09-25 | details

    This paper presents evidence about ways to build more resilient livelihoods in the Sahel, drawing on an extensive literature from academic case studies, project reports, and government documents. It focuses on the Sahel as a whole, but pays particular attention to Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger. It also draws on experience from other dryland regions in terms of policy and practice aimed at increasing resilience. Each section identifies issues that challenge resilience and then summarises evidence on the opportunities for how these challenges can be addressed. It has been commissioned by DFID to contribute to the development of their proposed Sahel Climate Resilience Fund and the businesses cases for social protection work in the Sahel and BRACED programme.

    The paper is a draft developed to inform proposals for the DFID BRACED programme. A shorter, edited version will be published next month.

  • African Climate Teach-In Day 2011


    fmannke | 2013-02-18 | details

    Link to the website : African Climate Teach-In Day 2011, that provides information about climate change in Africa and also about the projects that are being performed.

  • Toward Resilience: A Guide to Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation


    admin | 2013-01-15 | details

    Toward Resilience: A Guide to Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation is an introductory resource for staff of development and humanitarian organizations working with people whose lives and rights are threatened by disasters and  climate change.

    It answers a burning/urgent question asked by humanitarian and development practitioners alike: how can we reduce disaster and climate change risk through our everyday work?

    Introducing the basic concepts of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, the guide identifies 10 basic principles for an integrated approach to building resilience and explains how to apply them in key sectors, with diverse populations, and in different contexts.

    Case studies and a comprehensive tools and resources map provide easy-to-follow guidance for practitioners.


    Toward Resilience can be found online in English, French and Spanish at:


    or purchased as a hard copy from:

  • South Africa’s Municipal Integrated Development


    admin | 2012-07-24 | details

    South Africa’s Municipal Integrated Development Plans by Marie Parramon-Gurney and Andrew Gilder, IMBEWU Sustainability Legal Specialists/IDLO, examines efforts to mainstream climate change into municipal planning.

  • From vulnerability to resilience – farmer managed natural regeneration (FMNR) in Niger


    admin | 2012-07-24 | details

    From vulnerability to resilience – farmer managed natural regeneration (FMNR) in Niger by Edward Cameron, WRI explores how over the past twenty years, however, Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR), in combination with other improved soil and water conservation practices, has helped reverse severe land degradation in Niger.

  • Postcard from Dakar: insights from the IPCC SREX outreach event


    admin | 2012-07-20 | details

    ENDA’s Moussa Na Abou Mamouda reports from the Dakar, Senegal outreach event for the IPCC’s ‘Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation’ (SREX), 18-19 June 2012.

    The management of climate risk and extreme events in West Africa is still fraught with uncertainties. Even in cases where information is available, disaster risk management still requires coordinated policy actions involving all stakeholder groups.

    Many climate risk factors in West Africa are linked with rainfall variability, sea level rise, and ecosystem degradation. Population growth, poverty and minimal health care are additional stressors to climate-related vulnerability. Experts at the IPCC SREX outreach event in Dakar confirmed these assertions. The meeting brought together over 90 participants from 11 countries across West Africa to discuss the implications of the SREX report for the region. The report was compiled over two years by 220 authors across disciplines and is the most comprehensive assessment of the impact of climate change on current and future disaster risk produced to date.

  • OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050: The Consequences of Inaction


    admin | 2012-03-19 | details

    The OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050 asks “What will the next four decades bring?” Based on joint modelling by the OECD and the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL), it looks forward to the year 2050 to find out what demographic and economic trends might mean for the environment if the world does not adopt more ambitious green policies. It also looks at what policies could change that picture for the better.

    This Outlook focuses on four areas: climate change, biodiversity, freshwater and health impacts of pollution. These four key environmental challenges were identified by the previous Environmental Outlook to 2030 (OECD, 2008) as “Red Light” issues requiring urgent attention. Based on model projections, this edition of the Environmental Outlook paints a possible picture of what the environment might look like in 2050. It focuses on four areas which were identified by the previous edition of the Outlook as needing urgent attention: climate change, biodiversity, water, and health and environment

  • Climate Airwaves: Community Radio, Action Research and Advocacy for Climate Justice in Ghana (International Journal of Communication)


    admin | 2012-02-25 | details

    This article discusses lessons learned to date from the Climate Airwaves, an initiative aimed at developing new approaches for supporting community radio broadcasters to investigate, communicate, and engage in broader debates on the impacts of climate change on vulnerable communities in Ghana. It also discusses in depth the central role that action research aimed at effecting social change plays in this particular initiative, and in climate justice initiatives more broadly.

  • ODI papers on Adaptation, Risk/disaster management


    admin | 2012-01-30 | details

    Adaptation, uncertainty, water sector, Risk/disaster management, adaptive capacity – ODI papers.

  • Rethinking Support for Adaptive Capacity to Climate Change: The Role of Development


    josephinelofty | 2011-12-20 | details

    The Africa Climate Change Resilience Alliance (ACCRA) is an alliance of five development partners: Oxfam GB, the Overseas Development Institute, Save the Children, World Vision International and Care International. It was established in 2009 with the aim of understanding how development interventions can contribute to adaptive capacity at the community and household level, and to inform the design and implementation of development planning by governments and non-governmental development partners to support adaptive capacity for climate change and other development pressures. This paper is based on an analysis of three country studies conducted by national research teams in eight research sites in Ethiopia, Uganda and Mozambique for ACCRA. It describes the Local Adaptive Capacity (LAC) framework developed for this project, its application during the research, and the evidence found about the impact of development interventions on the adaptive capacity of people and communities. Please download the report here.

  • Kenya: Involving communities in conservation


    wamuthoni | 2010-11-02 | details

    Ndaragwa and Laikipia forests like many others in Kenya, have been adversely affected by human activities. The forest's indigenous trees have been indiscriminately cut by illegal loggers and the local community. The Kenya Forest service intervened to stop any human activity in that forest. It was never effective because the institution itself did not have enough resources to protect the entire forests. On the other hand the local community felt that they were denied a natural resource that they have been using since their ancestral times. With that situation a way out was essential. The environmental problems affected the community and the community itself was responsible for it. That meant that the community itself would and should be the initiators of those interventions, a policy that Tree Is Life Trust firmly believes in. The government of Kenya finally gave in to the community needs and reviewed the earlier forest law. In December 2005, the government passed a new law that guides forest management. It empowered the community to participate in the management of forests together with the other stakeholders. The Tree Is Life Trust has helped the locals to form forest managements associations, equipped them with necessary skills and gave them financial assistance. The groups provide labor in the management of the forests including the maintenance of the seedling nurseries. In return they are allowed to collect firewood and graze in the forest without destroying it. With this there is improvement in terms of the forest conservation. Tree Is Life Trust also works with community of the other nearby forests to embrace this kind of resource management.

  • Nature: reaching hearts through art


    wamuthoni | 2010-11-02 | details

    One thing that a traveler in Nyandarua and Laikipia districts (Kenya) will notice is the beautiful painting on the walls of houses. One could easily mistake them for advertisements because of their numbers. They are murals painted by Tree Is Life Trust through the local artists on environmental awareness. The paintings carry different messages that encourages the community to take action on natural resources conservation. The murals are the best communication tool because they can be understood by most of the people here inclusive of the illiterate and the children. The murals are done mostly on the roadside structures. There are also in schools. Tree is Life Trust also entered into partnership with UN Development Programme to paint such murals around Mount Kenya in a project called Brush Against the Power Saw. The trust also has also erected tree-shaped metallic boards that have different messages painted on them along the roads. They are referred to as metal trees. In Nyandarua and Laikipia there are 79 murals and 12 metals tree to creating awareness. 93 other murals have been done around Mount Kenya.

  • Kenya: Villagers get skills on sunflower


    wamuthoni | 2010-11-02 | details

    As local communities in Kenya continue to depend on natural resources for their day to day activities, the resources will become depleted with time. The depletion will lead to other environmental disasters like drought. Tree Is Life's intervention is working with groups to seek other alternative sources of livelihood other than the non-renewable natural resources. I met a local women’s group that locally produces oil and soap from the sunflower plant. The group receives technical skills from the Tree Is Life Trust's field officer Mr. Simon on such innovative income generating activities. The group plants sunflower, squeezes oil out of the seeds, makes soap out of the oil and the seed residue is used to feed their group's poultry. The group is reaping the benefits of the project as they sell the produced oil and soap. It also operates a poultry farm. Tree Is Life trust also taught them on group formation and organization. The trust has also worked with many other groups on income generating by giving them training and small grants to support their projects. Other projects have included fish farming, bee keeping, the growing of fruits and working with environmental resource centers. This income generating activities lessen the dependence on the natural resources and acts as an alternative to the other incomes generated from the destruction of the resources like charcoal burning.

  • Ghana demolishes homes in bid to fight worsening flooding


    admin | 2010-10-04 | details

    Hundreds of families in the Ghanaian capital have been forced to leave their homes over the past year as the government demolishes structures built on waterways in a bid to avert perennial deadly floods.