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Adapting to Climate Change


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 on Friday.

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 geminiano montecchi on February 8, 2013 at 3:56pm

Hi Adapting to Climate Change Group.

I joined the online adaptation group OL341 and developing a project at the foothills of Kilimanjaro mountain, Moshi (Tanzania).

We are addressing the food insecurity faced by  Nnjapannda community, composed by 1300 families, which is related to lack of fertile soil, drought and crop failure. The idea is to set up a permaculture demonstration centre, a place where local people can meet to share their knowledge, and learn soil restoration,  water resource management, smart agriculture techniques in order to move into sustainable management of their resources and be sufficient.  

I'll be very glad to receive from you any advice as regards. Do you know any similar successful example achieved in the area?




Comment by Béatrice Nday wa mbayo on December 10, 2012 at 10:19pm

Do any of you have resources that could help me in the development of my project that related to  a Climate Smart Agricultural Practices Programme incorporated with a land use management plan including links to websites or scientific papers that would help me find intervention activities that I could use in my project, or links to sites where I can download how-to field guides or manuals on implementing these activities with my community?

Our project Problem Statement is: 2400 family members from nine villages of Musele Chiefdom are facing Poor harvest - reduced crop productivity for farmers - caused by reduced fertility of the soil due to poor farming methods, climate change related midseason drought, hot spells, and unpredictable agricultural seasons. They are also suffering from indiscriminate tree cutting and removal of vegetation cover -- deforestation -- caused by lack of a land-use management plan. These challenges have impacted household food security, household income and have led to flooding and heavy rainfall and crop diseases/pests. Combined, these challenges are affecting the well-being of community members.


Béatrice, Dianah and Frackson

Comment by Arik Tafia Darmawati on October 21, 2012 at 10:35am

Hi there Adapting to Climate Change group, apologizes for the late posting, I was having problem with the bandwidth in Sudan, where I am working now. I am part of an online adaptation course OL 341 (http://www.csd-i.org/ol-341-adapting-climate-change/ ) where I am developing a project in the Uganda working with malaria, from food security problems and malnutrition:

345 families in one rural village called Bududu Community, Uganda, are suffering from frequent attacks of malaria and other diseases. Those problem caused by little knowledge of health and hygiene, and lack of access to clean water, food insecurity and malnutrition due to climate change related increased intensity of rainfall that has increased malaria cases, destroyed crops, reduced quantity and quality of crop harvests.

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


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

I was able to find several links to scientific documents that related to my small-scale farmer adaptation programs from my project outline

Climate Change Adaptation Strategy Water Resources Management Options for Smallholder Farming Systems in Sub-Saharan Africa


This paper discusses about the key challenge for decision makers, policy makers, and development partners are to understand the strategies adopted by farmers and other stakeholders in their efforts to address climate change-induced water stress. Detail data, methodology and adaptation strategy for water management in Sub Saharan Africa.

 Database on Local Coping Strategies


I found the database is very useful. This database is presenting many coping strategies/mechanisms, knowledge and experience from communities that have had to adapt to specific hazards or climatic conditions to communities as a result of climate change. The database can be searched by climate hazard, impact, strategies, and region.




Comment by Mohamed Semdoe on September 25, 2012 at 2:22am

Hello Members

I do hope everything goes on smooth

I wish u good proceeding

Mohamed Semdoe


Comment by Bashir Awad El Tahir on September 9, 2012 at 3:43am

I think, Promoting traditional: knowledge,  strategies, practices, weather forecasting system, resource management and the survival strategies would be steps forwards to adaptation to climate change. Community awareness of the  climate change effects and impacts would be an effective tools to design an effective and sound adaptation measure.

Comment by GWESHENGWE BLESSING on June 8, 2012 at 10:26am

What are the similarities and differences of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation?....help me please,I am writing a paper on this.

Comment by Piotr Barczak on June 8, 2012 at 9:11am

Hi there!

Sorry I spammed you on your email boxes.

I ment to put the info here in the group forum.

The message is:

Hi Adaptation group!

I would like to share with you a very goodreport of Child Health Now about malnutrition.


It explains the problem and show good solutions.
1000 days is actually the expression that explains that the most crucial time to save a child from a long term effects of malnutrition is the first day of life of the child (from conception) until 2 years old.

have a look, worth it.


Comment by JENNYFER DULYX on June 2, 2012 at 10:17pm

Hi everyone,

I am jennyfer and I introduced myself previously when my partners and I just began the course.  We are not looking for peer-reviewed articles that will support or discourage some of the activities we are considering for our project.  In Amani, Khagaria district, India, our farmers are having a difficult time with the floods.  We have two programs, one that deals with land conservation and managment and another that deals with alternative livelihoods.  I was wondering if you have come across any articles that discusses the pros and  of farmers' assoications and alternative livelihoods in flood prone areas.

Meanwhile, I have come accross an article about farmers associations in rwanda.  

"Farmer Associations, Decentralization and Development in Rwanda: Challenges Ahead" by Bingen, Jim and can be found at: http://purl.umn.edu/55351 

Comment by Tillem Burlace on February 20, 2012 at 7:19am

A useful link for facilitating the organization of a community based Income Generation Committees to help address low skills levels as an climate change adaptation response


Scientific Research and Essays Vol. 5(17), pp. 2375-2383, 4 September, 2010

“Assessment of challenges facing poverty alleviation projects in Vhembe District of Limpopo Province in South Africa” M. Tshitangoni*, A. Okorie and J. Francis

Assesses poverty alleviation projects (community gardens, poultry, piggery, bakery and other projects, including juice making, brick making, stone crushing and coffin making) in Vhembe District of Limpopo, found that poverty alleviation projects faced numerous challenges related to capacity, funding, lack of water and infrastructure etc and that these need to be addressed in designing projects.


http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=onlin... (not free)

Surender, Rebecca; Van Niekerk, Robert  “Addressing poverty through community-based income generation projects: the evidence from South Africa” Policy & Politics, Volume 36, Number 3, July 2008 , pp. 325-342(18)

Looks at projects to encourage entrepreneurship, found several barriers including lack of capacity in the target community, lack of infrastructure and policy confusion. 

Comment by Rebecca World on February 13, 2012 at 11:24pm

If ever you are looking for an excellent model of community climate change adaptation, please consider looking at the work of a colleague, Ryan Hennessey. In Yukon, Canada, he has worked with community members and scientists to create adaptation plans and projects to work with our changing climate. Excellent work.





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