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Adapting to Climate Change

What does adapting to climate change mean at the community level? What practical tools can we use in communities for adaptation? Let’s explore this theme and share discussions, blogs, scientific documents, field guides, photos, videos & case studies.

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Peer-reviewed scientific studies on water management by rural communities;participatory climate smart agriculture and participatory rural afforestation

Dear All,Warm greetings.I am doing an online course of CSDi OL341 on Community based adaptation. Two other teamates and myself are developing an adaptation project for a community of 500 people in…Continue

Started by Chitralekha Rajkumari Jul 18.

Documenting and understanding success - request for information or contacts

Hello all,I'm excited to join this group and to connect with such a great network!  I am co-lead on a project (description below) and would love to connect with group members who might have…Continue

Tags: toolkit, research, documentary, mitigation, change

Started by Nuin-Tara Key May 1.

How to conduct climate change awareness activity with community? 3 Replies

Hi Adaptating to Climate Change Group!  I am taking the OL341 course and I am working on a project in the mainland China where the community is affected by drought.  Besides exploring water…Continue

Started by Eleanor Lam. Last reply by Candice Pelser Jul 30, 2013.

Technology Transfer and Innovation for Agricultural Adaptation

Hi All,I am a PhD student at the Fletcher School at Tufts University in Boston, and my dissertation focuses on the role of technology transfer and innovation in agriculural adaptation…Continue

Started by Laura Kuhl Jun 6, 2013.

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Comment by Alba Saray Perez Teran on January 10, 2012 at 10:57pm

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Community-based Climate Change Action Grants (AusAID)

AusAID has made available grants for Australian and international NGOs to work with local organizations to scale up current successful community-based climate change activities or to build a climate change component into existing community development activities in the Pacific and Southeast Asia. The fund is open to NGOs with expertise in the implementation of community-based adaptation and/or mitigation activities.

The grants fall into two main categories:

  1. Community-based adaptation grants, which will help build the resilience of communities to the impacts of climate change; and
  2. Community-based mitigation grants, which will help communities reduce or avoid greenhouse gas emissions, while also addressing key development priorities.

Organisations are invited to submit concept proposals for the grants program.  AusAID will co-fund the detailed design of activities for successful organisations.

More information (pdf).

Deadline: February 10, 2012


Comment by Kathy Tate-Bradish on November 4, 2011 at 2:07pm
Great article, thanks for the link.
Comment by Siobhan Girling on November 4, 2011 at 12:33pm

IIED report on utilizing indigenous knowledge in agricultural adaptation to climate change:


Comment by Kathy Tate-Bradish on October 13, 2011 at 1:12am
Hi Kristin, If you don't find someone with actual expertise in waterborne illnesses I'd be happy to talk to you just so you have a little feedback. I have done a handwashing section in a workshop. I'm in Chicago, so we're probably 7 hours apart. My skype name is kathyevanston, and my email is ktbus@sbcglobal.net. My feelings won't be hurt if you find someone who has knowledge in your area! But I'm certainly happy to help. Ich habe auch in Deutschland einmal gewohnt - 1981/2!
Comment by Melania Di Vara on October 11, 2011 at 8:55am

Dear all,

I'm taking the course OL 341 From the Ground Up for Adaptation and currently developing a project with rural communities affected by climate change related intense rainfall and flooding in Pakistan. In particular my partners and me are exploring the possibilities of both a program on disaster preparedness/risk reduction and a program on flood mitigation and adaptation.

I was wondering if any of you has heard about the idea of providing low cost insurance to poor communities in developing countries as a way to cope with extreme weather events vulnerability. Maybe you have some sources to suggest?

In exchange I would like to share with you an interesting link that I found on community based adaptation to cc:


This paper describes a project recently implemented in Uganda, I found it very useful and hope you will find interesting ideas for your research.



Lok Sanjh is a non-profit, non-governmental organization working with the rural communities particularly with women farmers in Pakistan. The organization started its work in 1996 and is registered under the
societies act 1860. At present it is working in more than 200 villages
Punjab and Kashmir.
Comment by Alba Saray Perez Teran on October 2, 2011 at 9:02pm

Dear Elijah,

A few months ago I went to Kenya for a Climate Change adaptation study. We found some similar problem to yours, including the conflicts over water. In their case MKEPP project (field IFAD project in the region), had developed a strategy to over come these conflicts, which they are currently implementing. They had, on the first hand, facilitated the generation of Community Based Organizations at different levels of Kapingazi catchment (each of the CBOs responsible for a section of the water resources, each knowing the problems and representing the people in the area). One representative of each CBO takes part in the WRUA (the Water Resource Users Association) at the catchment level, together with some representatives from the ministry of water at the local level, and some facilitators from the NGO. They have carried several activities that might be interesting for you, being one of the last signing Memorandums of Agreement on the water usage rate for each part of the catchment during dry spells. I haven´t been able to find online the documents from Kapingazi WRUA, but I found a presentation from the MKEPP. From page number 12 and on you can see a sumary of the process they followed. http://imawesa.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/IMAWESA-SHR-Kenya-MK...

Hope this helps!


Comment by KAJUBI ELIJAH on October 2, 2011 at 8:30am

Dear Colleagues,

 I am part of online adaptation course (http://www.csd-i.org/ol-341-adaptating-climate-change/) in which with (DeBlieu & Girling)  desiging a project with climate change intergration.

The project problem issues:

Five villages in the semi-arid region of southwest Uganda have been severely affected by increasing periods of intense droughts. This has lowered water tables, reduced crop harvests, made them less predictable – and caused frequent food shortages for the 300 families (including 845 children) who live in the villages. As a result, many community members are chronically under- or malnourished, which has a particularly devastating impact on children under 5, who suffer from stunting. The stresses produced by droughts and food shortages have also led to community conflicts over access to resources, undermining the communities’ ability to solve their common problems.


The issue of conflict for resources poses another dimension in designing project interventions, I therefore hereby request for any resource that could help in developing the project-including the links to websites or social science papers.

In exchange I would like to share with you a link that I found: 'Strengthening local resilience to climate change'


It is based primarily on studies made by Prolinnova partners in Ethiopia, Nepal and Niger into local innovation and climate-change adaptation, but also includes a case example from Indonesia

By posting this I seek your assistance on innovative best practices in natural resources conflict management



Comment by Claire Elizabeth Balbo on August 24, 2011 at 1:25pm
Following link for those of you interested in the use of traditional knowledge and climate change impacts: http://www.fao.org/docrep/011/i0841e/i0841e00.htm
Comment by Doris Karambu Kaberia on August 21, 2011 at 12:15pm

Good morning adapting to climate change group

My name is Doris Kaberia and I am part of an online adaptation course OL 341 (http://www.csd-i.org/ol-341-adapting-climate-change/ ) . Together with two other partners, Susan Wasubire from Uganda, and kanika Chakraborty from Bangladesh, we are developing a project with the community of Koliapara village(Bagladesh) faced with the increased incidence of flooding, cyclone and drought  that are suffering from food security problems:

500 households in the village of Koliapara, are suffering from the continued loss of agricultural crops, livestock and aquatic life due to the increased incidence of flooding, cyclone and drought. This has led to reduction of food security, increased incidence of waterborne diseases, lack of Uncontaminated Household Water, loss of lives and property and un certainty and leading to the incapacity to prepare and respond to disasters.

I'm posting to this group today to see if any of you have found any resources that could help me and my team members in the development of our project—including links to websites or scientific papers that would help us find intervention activities that we could use in our project, or links to sites where I can download how-to field guides or manuals on implementing these activities with the community?

Comment by Perry Ndzefemmegho on August 12, 2011 at 10:44am

Dear all

Where can I find innovative tools for a sustainable agriculture project with a climate information component. I'm particularly interested in how seed crop varieties in sub saharan Africa adapt to climate change as well as how local/indigenous communities can make leverage on or share the traditional information they already have.



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