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About this Short Course

Climate change is one of major human development challenges of the 21st century. The IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (IPCC AR5) observes that since the mid-19th Century, world average temperatures have increased by about one degree (0.850C), and continue to rise, as a result of increased Greenhouse gas (GhG) emissions from human activities. Since the 1950’s the rate of global warming has been unprecedented compared to previous decades and millennia. It is generally agreed that we will experience considerable and increasing human-caused climate changes in the years to come and that the impact will affect all countries through more extreme weather conditions, such as longer periods of drought, floods, or storms.

While the cause of climate is global through activities that increase GhG emissions, it will lead to different impacts in different countries and regions depending on different economic and environmental condition, and level of vulnerability and ability to cope with the impacts. Since many people in developing countries, Uganda inclusive, are highly dependent on natural resources, they are highly vulnerable to the effects of a changing climate. Therefore, climate change will inevitably affect the development prospects of many developing countries, and the attainment of sustainable development.

There is an urgent need for local and global action through two parallel tracks: adaptation and mitigation. Adaptation because some effects of the climate changes can no longer be avoided and solutions such as new agricultural techniques and adequate infrastructure need to be identified. Mitigation because we need to reduce emission of GhG to reduce the magnitude of the changes. The recent climate change agreement at COP 21 in Paris, France was very encouraging, but also underlined the huge task ahead of us. We urgently need to reduce emission of GhG in order to keep the temperature increase below 2°C and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, as agreed at COP 21. Addressing climate change in the development context not only has the potential to increase climate resilience and reduce poverty but will also contributes to the achievement of the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

This course provides an introduction to climate change issues in the conext of sustainable development. A short learning programme such as this one will not turn participants into climate change experts; however, it will provide an informed platform for engaging in concrete activities in the participants’ organizations and jobs. The course highlights the background of climate changes, global and local effects, and looks to the future. The programme will introduce common and individual responsibilities and opportunities, and presents tools and mechanisms for adaptation and mitigation actions at organizational and individual level. Through the course focus will be drawn to the understanding of the relationships between climate change and development and the need and the how to integtate climate change response actions in the development agenda.

Course Objectives

The overall objective of the course is that climate considerations are effectively integrated into national and local level development strategies, programmes and projects.

The immediate objective is that all course participants are equipped to effectively address climate change in the framework of sustainable development through their jobs.

Couse outcome

This course will enable the participants to:

  1. understand the background for climate change globally and locally
  2. identify links between climate change, poverty and sustainable development
  3. identify good practices for climate change adaptation and mitigation in different
  4. sectors, through case studies
  5. explore own job functions and role in relation to climate issues and find ways of action.

Couse duration:

One week – 20 - 25th June 2016

Learning approach

The learning process will require active involvement of all participants before, during and after the course. The process will involve the following learning approaches:

  • Flipped classroom and e-learning activities at your organization before meeting at Makerere University. This involves online presentations, which provide important introductions to climate change issues. This will allow us to use more time during your stay at Makerere University for debates, exercises and excursions, while still building a solid climate change knowledge platform.
  • Class activities (presentations, exercises, debates), excursions, and case-based group work during the learning phase at Makerere University, adding further knowledge and insight to the learning started in participants’organisations, and participant work with organizational Climate Change Action Plan. Before arriving at Makerere University, participants will follow an e-learning course in action planning, and will identify a suitable theme for the plan in close coordination and agreement with their organizations and the course management. The aim of the action plan is to strengthen climate change aspects in the work of particpants’organisations.

The above mentioned approaches will promote an environment for acquiring, analyzing, sharing and actively use knowledge of climate change to plan and implement concrete actions aimed at promoting sustainable development in a changing climate. The e-learning activities in combination with class activities will lay the foundation through an introduction to the newest knowledge. The field excursions will expose the participants to examples of climate change challenges and solutions. In the group work, the participants will work with real-life cases.

Couse modules/Modules

  1. Introduction to climate change
  2. Linkages between development and climate change
  3. Sustainable Development in view of a changing climate
  4. Climate change adaptation
  5. Climate change mitigation
  6. Climate change and green growth (green development)

Couse Funding:

The fee for this short course is USD 500. This course is funded under a scholarship by a USAID supported project entitled the USAID/Uganda Education and Research to Improve Climate Change Adaptation (ERICCA) Activity. ERICCA is designed to help establish the Makerere University Centre for Climate Change Research and Innovations (MUCCRI) as a recognized national and regional hub of academic, professional development and research excellence in climate science, research, climate adaptation, and related disciplines. MUCCRI will charge ERICCA a non-refundable amount of USD 500 per participant for the entire duration of the course. The finding includes study fees, course materials, one field excursion, lunch and refreshments. As way of co-funding, the participants are responsible for providing for their daily transport to commute to and from Makerere University.

Place of Study:

Makerere University, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Targeted group

The course does not only target people working directly on climate change. The aim is to create awareness and knowledge of current changes in climate and its potential impacts on various sectors and activities among practitioners working in all sectors affected by climate changes and to present practical tools and ideas for sustainable development action. To that end, the participants may come from different organizations and can be policy and decision makers, academicians and researchers or civil servants in the central or local governments or they may work for NGOs or private companies. Good working knowledge of English is required as well as commitment to participate actively in learning activities before, during, and after the course. You must have access to the internet in order to participate in the e-learning activities prior to the main course at Makerere University. If possible, we welcome two to three participants from each organization, as it facilitates the work with the action plan and strengthens the learning process during the work back at the organization.

Application and Registration

To register for a course please download and fill the application form found at www.muccri.mak.ac.ug/ and send a scanned copy of the filled form to the MUCCRI Secretariat at the following e-mail address muccri@caes.mak.ac.ug copy to Jackline Ainembabazi at JAinembabazi@fhi360.org.

For futher inquiries please contact the MUCCRI Coordinator - Dr. Revocatus Twinomuhangi at rtwinomuhangi@gmail.com.

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Climate and Agriculture Network for Africa (CANA)

CANA is a knowledge sharing web based platform by a network of partners drawn from the region. CANA brings together researchers and practitioners within Climate Science and Agriculture who are seeking to build resilience within African agriculture. The platform fills an important niche by linking climate change and agriculture policy processes with key research and development actors from Africa

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A dynamic listing from world population to energy and environment, and many others

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Climate Change: Lines of Evidence videos – The National Research Council, United Stat

The National Research Council is pleased to present this video that explains how scientists have arrived at the state of knowledge about current climate change and its causes [video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIUN5ziSfNc[/video]

National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) / (Arctic Radiation Ice Bridge Sea and Ice Experiment) ARISE Arctic Mission

A new NASA field campaign will begin flights over the Arctic this summer to study the effect of sea ice retreat on Arctic climate. ARISE will conduct research flights Aug. 28 through Oct. 1, covering the peak of summer sea ice melt  View more

Keith Alverson

Chief of Climate Change Adaptation and Terrestrial Ecosystems, United Nations Environment Programme at the 18th session of the Conference of Parties (COP18) [video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNtn12rFXY8[/video]

Years of living dangerously – President Obama on Challenges of Climate Change in Washington

This groundbreaking documentary event series explores the human impact of climate change. Watch Thomas L. Friedman interview President Obama about the challenges of climate change in Washington  View more

Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change: Video – University of Colorado

Dr. Jim White of the University of Colorado, Boulder discusses the National Academy of Sciences report, Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change. Dr. White chaired the committee that authored this report [video]http://www.youtube.com/embed/Yqhv3GgTdtA?[/video]

Bill McKibben: Why Climate Change Is the Most Urgent Challenge We Face

Bill McKibben, author and founder of the international environmental campaign 350.org, says that a global campaign to curb climate change, the ecological devastation that will result could make our planet uninhabitable [video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6TXXDSQwCE[/video]

Climate change the state of the science (data visualization) – International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme

Published on Nov 19, 2013. Produced by the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme and Globaia and funded by the UN Foundation [video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EWOrZQ3L-c[/video]

Heat, Rain and Livestock: Impacts of Climate Change on Africa's Livestock Herders – International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

Uploaded on Jul 24, 2011.What's the future for Africa's livestock herders as our climate changes, becomes less predictable, heats up? How can scientific research help remote pastoral communities? Among the poorest of the world's poor, herders supply milk and meat not only for themselves but for large numbers of other poor people [video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaKqsio88iI[/video]

Climate-Smart Agriculture: Helping the World Produce More Food – World Bank Uploaded on Sep 2, 2011

To feed nine billion people by 2050, global food production needs to increase by 70 percent. Farmers in Africa, and across the world, are using Climate-Smart Agriculture practices to combat the impacts of Climate Change on crop production [video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0V2xzEw44Y[/video]

Jim Toomey – Climate Change Adaptation

Jim Toomey is a cartoonist and trained scientist and has aired several 2 minute videos on the oceans.  Here’s one on adaptation which was a primer for eco-adaptation interview with UNEP's Keith Alverson  View More

Adapting to climate change in Eastern and Southern Africa – International Union for Conservation of Nature

In Africa, millions will suffer from climate change impacts on agriculture, water availability, ecosystem services and biodiversity. It's urgent for countries in the region to take action to reduce vulnerability and enhance local communities' capacity to adapt [video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIp2RkDQBMg[/video]

Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability – Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Published on Mar 30, 2014. IPCC Fifth Assessment Report - Working Group II - Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability [video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMIFBJYpSgM[/video]

Everything you need to know about the IPCC fifth Assessment Report - Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Published on Apr 18, 2014. Everything you need to know about the IPCC fifth Assessment Report – Working Group III: Mitigation of Climate Change [video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFSfev42g-4[/video]

Climate change: everything you need to know about the IPCC 5th Assessment Report - Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Published on Oct 2, 2013. The publication of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) is one of the most important events in the international debate on climate change in recent years. The Summary for Policymakers of the first part of the Report (the Working Group I contribution). [video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4M1XGnfSYg[/video]

Green Growth Future for Africa Video Report - Africa Development Bank (ADB)

ADB representative talks about the bank plans to support projects and activities on climate change and the environment in general to promote clean and sustainable development in Africa  Link to the Report

Climate funds update is an independent website that provides information on the growing number of international climate finance initiatives designed to help developing countries address the challenges of climate change  View More

The Initiative has selected four consortia to undertake research in three climate change hot spots in Africa and Asia  View More

The AECF is a US$ 207m challenge fund capitalized by multilateral and bilateral donors to stimulate private sector entrepreneurs in Africa to innovate and find profitable ways of improving access to markets and the way markets function for the poor, particularly in rural areas  View More

The SCCF was established to support adaptation and technology transfer in all developing country parties to the UNFCCC. More categories of funding on the link below  View More

Is an archive for grants and resources to fund projects, programs, and /or activities carried out by NGOs including work on the environment especially climate change  View More

The new Africa Climate Change Fund (ACCF), housed in the Energy, Environment and Climate Change Department of the African Development Bank (AfDB) provides grants of US$ 250,000 or more for climate finance readiness activities in African countries  View More

AFRICA

Title:Resilient Adaptation to Climate Change in African Agriculture

Author (s): ChinwesaIfejikaSperanza

Published date: 2010

Publisher: German Development Institute

Keywords: Climate Change adaptation, Resilient adaptation, Small holder agriculture, Sub-Saharan Africa

Description: The study analyses how small holder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa adapt to or can be adapted to climate change using the concept of a “resilient adaptation” as an analytical lens. A multi-level and multi-actor approach for analyses was made at two levels: the farm-level and the policy and institutional level. In the course of the study, an analytical tool and operations instrument was developed; “the Resilience Check” to assess the contributions of adaptations to the resilience of sub-Saharan Africa agriculture to climate change. The study also identified ways through which adaptation in small holder agriculture can be promoted and made more resilient  Further Information

Title:East African Agriculture and Climate Change

Location: East Africa

Author (s): Michael Waithaka, Gerald C. Nelson, Timothy S. Thomas, and Miriam Kyotalimye

Published date: 2013

Publisher: International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Keywords: Climate Change Adaptation, Agriculture, Scenario models

Description: This monograph considers potential impacts of climate change adaptation on agriculture in 10 countries of eastern and central Africa and two main analytical contributions are made. One is from using Decision Support Software for Agrotechnology Transfer (DSSAT) crop modeling software together with climate model results to look at the effects of climate change on yield without adaptation. The other is from inputting projections regarding demography and gross domestic product into a global partial equilibrium food and agriculture model, the International Model for Policy Analysis of Agricultural Commodities and Trade (IMPACT), along with climate change and technological change, to get a more complete picture of what the future may hold when adaptation and progress are accounted for. These two analyses give a definite picture of what the future of agriculture may look like in eastern and central Africa with and without climate change adaptation mechanisms.  Further Information

Title:Scaling up climate services for farmers: Mission Possible

Location: Africa, South Asia

Author (s): Tall A, Hansen J, Jay A, Campbell B, Kinyangi J, Aggarwal PK and Zougmoré R. 2014

Published date: 2014

Publisher: CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)

Keywords: Climate change adaptation, Climate information, Small holder farmers, Developing world

Description: This report presents lessons learned from 18 case studies across Africa and South Asia that have developed and delivered weather and climate information and related advisory services for smallholder farmers. The case studies and resulting lessons provide insights on what will be needed to build effective national systems for the production, delivery, communication and evaluation of operational climate services for smallholder farmers across the developing world. The case studies were examined from the standpoint of how they address five key challenges for scaling up effective climate services for farmers: salience, access, legitimacy, equity and integration.  Further Information

Title:Promoting Local Adaptive Capacity: Experiences from Africa and Asia

Location: Africa, South Asia

Author (s): Ibrahim, M., Nicola, W

Published date: 2012

Publisher: CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)

Keywords: Climate change,Local adaptive capacity, Child well being

This research paper has taken the local adaptive capacity (LAC) framework as a starting point for analyzing World Vision’s programming. Seven case studies have been selected from across Africa and Asia (Cambodia, Ghana, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kenya, Vietnam and East Africa) which represent a range of different interventions including: social protection; food security; disaster risk reduction and livelihoods in rural, urban and conflict contexts. The aim is to uncover lessons, challenges and recommendations for development programming to build local adaptive capacity and contribute to child wellbeing  Further Information

Title:Climate Smart Agriculture: Farmers perspective

Location: Africa

Author (s): ManyewuMutamba, MainzaMugoya

Published date: 2014

Publisher: CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)

Keywords: Climate change adaptation,Climate smart agriculture

Description: Transitioning to climate-smart agriculture (CSA) in the African context requires a transformational architecture, a systematic shift away from business as usual and a comprehensive programme for building the adaptive capacity of physical, socio-economic, human and institutional dimensions of farming systems. Climate-smart agriculture provides a framework for sustainably increasing productivity while building the adaptive capacity of key facets of livelihood systems of farming households. Supporting the emergence of wealthier farming households with access to more alternatives for coping with climatic shocks or any other threats is the most far-reaching solution to challenges facing farmers now and in the future  Further Information

Title:Uganda, Tanzania benefit from $13.8M banana project

Location: Uganda, Tanzania

Author (s): Isa Chuki

Published date: 2014

Publisher: International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

Keywords: Climate change adaptation, Small holder agriculture, Disease-resistant hybrid banana varieties

Description: Millions of smallholder banana farmers in Tanzania and Uganda are set to benefit from a new $13.8 million project to develop and distribute higher-yielding, disease-resistant hybrid banana varieties. The new five-year project aims to dramatically upscale and speed up existing banana breeding efforts in the two countries. The researchers expect their hybrid banana varieties to have a 30% higher yield and a 50% higher resistance to at least three of the target pests and diseases compared to the current varieties grown by the farmers under the same on-farm conditions  Further Information

Title:Agroforestry, livestock, fodder production and climate change adaptation and mitigation in East Africa: issues and options

Location: East Africa

Author (s): Unspecified

Published date: Unspecified

Publisher: World Agroforestry

Keywords: Climate change adaptation, agroforestry, livestock keeping

Description: The paper discusses relevant issues in East Africa, where recent agroforestry interventions to support livestock keeping have included the planting of mostly-exotic tree-fodders, and where most parts of the region are expected to become drier in the next decades, although smaller areas may become wetter. It argues that wider cultivation and improved management of fodder trees provides adaptation and mitigation opportunities in the region, but these are generally not well quantified and there are clear opportunities for increasing productivity and resilience through diversification, genetic improvement, improved farm-input delivery and better modelling of future scenarios. The paper offers, with the example of current - and future - climate tree species' distribution modelling, important areas for future research  Further Information

Title:Rainwater Harvesting as a Nature–Based Solution to Drought in Karamoja: Suitability of Sites and Appropriateness of Technology as Learnt from Pilot Initiatives

Location: Uganda

Author (s): IUCN-Uganda Office

Published date: Unspecified

Publisher: IUCN-Uganda Office

Keywords: Climate Change Adaptation, Drought, Rainwater harvesting, Sustainable Environment Managementh4>

Description: IUCN Uganda Office, in collaboration with WWF and UNDP, has been implementing a project on climate change adaptation in Karamoja, North Eastern Uganda in response to severe effects of drought on household food security and other livelihood indicators. As part of this project, IUCN has studied and piloted Rain Water Harvesting (RWH) in selected areas of the Lokok river sub catchment to show how customary and appropriate RWH technology interventions coupled with better catchment management practices can ensure adaptation to drought through improvements in water security. Parameters used for selection of suitable zones and technology included terrain/slope, rainfall quantity, population density, evaporation, land cover, and presence of seasonal streams and social aspects. Observation of vegetation and existing data on current technologies was also used. Below are some water harvesting techniques that were suggested for different areas depending on their characteristics. For surface catchment RWH technologies (including dams/valley tanks, tanks/valley tanks, ponds and pans), implementation should be guided by the recommended zones as well as water demand. Sub surface catchment RWH technologies (including sand dams, shallow wells and terraces) should be guided by existing traditional practices and seasonal streams. This technology is suited most for areas with high evaporation rates. Rooftop harvesting (including brick-masonry tanks both above and underground, Ferro-cement tanks, rainwater jars, pre-fabricated plastic and Corrugated iron tanks and tarpaulins) is a technology best suited for institutions with roof catchment Further information: International Union for Conservation of Nature Uganda Office

Title1.Gender and Inclusion Toolbox: Participatory Research in Climate Change and Agriculture

Location: Kenya, Ghana

Author (s): C. Jost, N. Ferdous, T. D. Spicer

Published date: 2014

Publisher: CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)

Keywords: Climate research,Gender inclusion

Description:A new Gender and Inclusion Toolbox supporting integration of gender and social perspectives in climate research and program development was recently released and is now available for download. The objective of the Toolbox is to support programme designers and field practitioners in doing gender sensitive and socially inclusive research. The toolbox is the result of a long-term partnership between the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), and CARE International  Further Information

United States

Title: The effects of Climate Change on Agriculture, Land Resources, Water Resources, and Biodiversity in the United States

Location: United States

Author (s): Peter Backlund, Anthony Janetos, DavidSchimel

Published date: 2008

Publisher: U.S Climate Change Science Program

Keywords: Climate Change,Agriculture, Land Resources, Water Resources, Biodiversity

Description:This report builds on an extensive scientific literature and series of assessments of the historical and potential impacts of climate change and climate variability on managed and unmanaged ecosystems and their constituent biota and processes. It discusses the nation’s ability to identify, observe, and monitor the stresses and how they are likely to change in the future. It identifies changes and resource conditions that are now being observed, and examines whether these changes can be attributed in whole or part to climate change  Further Information

Title: Prada, Dior and Nike are finding a fashionable new purpose for fish skin

Location: United Kingdom

Author (s): Elisabeth Braw

Published date: Thursday 16 October 2014 14.32 BST

Publisher: The Guardian, United Kingdom

Keywords:Fish leftovers, Leather skins, Fashion industry

Description:With one tonne of fish fillets generally resulting in 40kgs of discarded skin, that’s thousands of tonnes of fish skin that could be put to productive use.And much of it already is. Fish leftovers are often ground up and turned into fish meal for animals. But there are more glamorous uses for this byproduct than an ingredient in fish meal paste. With their layered patterns, fish skins possess an elegant quality, and they’re flexible too. Increasingly, they are finding a new life as leather. The sustainability win, then, is that if fish leather is widely adopted, it could relieve demand for cow leather and help reduce CO2 emissions from the notoriously gassy animals  Further Information

Title:Preliminary Review of Adaptation Options for Climate-Sensitive Ecosystems and Resources

Location: United Kingdom

Author (s): Susan Herrod Julius, Jordan M. West

Published date: 2008

Publisher: U.S Climate Change Science Program

Keywords:Climate change,Ecosystem and Biodiversity, Adaptive management

Description:The purpose of this report is to provide useful information on the state of knowledge regarding adaptation options for key, representative ecosystems and resources that may be sensitive to climate variability and change. Adaptive management, a key tool recognized in this report, is a robust analytical framework that is based on the experience, in-depth consultation, and best practices of scientists and natural resource managers. The management systems selected for this report are meant to be representative of a variety of ecosystem types and management goals, in order to be useful to managers who work at different spatial and organizational scales  Further Information

Asia

Title:Missing – the forgotten women in India’s climate plans

Location: India

Director (s):Krishnendu Bose

Published date: 2014

Publisher: Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)

Keywords: Climate Change adaptation, women involvement, Climate change planning, Policy

Description: This new film directed by Krishnendu Bose and commissioned by CDKN, follows the Nahi women in their daily fight against climate change impacts. It shows how resourceful these women are in a context of high constraints and poverty. Supporting their local initiatives with adequate policies and laws could be a significant game changer in the way India manages to tackle climate change. ‘Missing’ intends to convince policymakers of what can be achieved, were women to become integrated in climate change planning  Further Information

Title: Urban Climate change Resilienceh4>

Location: India

Author (s): Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN)

Published date: 2013

Publisher: Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN)

Keywords: Urban climate change resilience, Integrated urban water management, Water security resilience

Description: Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) is a network of cities in India, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Bangladesh and Vietnam, experimenting with a range of activities that will collectively improve the ability of the cities to withstand, to prepare for, and to recover from the projected impacts of climate change. One of the key intervention focuses to build policy debate around Urban Climate Change Resilience through Integrated urban Water Management (IWM). This provides a framework for management of scarce water resources in urban environments. This framework emphasizes on improving water efficiency through integrating management of water supply, sewerage, storm water drainage and solid waste through multi-stakeholder engagement and collaborative management across scales  Further Information

Title: Initiating and sustaining action: Experiences building resilience to climate change in Asian cities

Location: Vietnam, Indonesia, India, Thailand

Author (s): Sam Kernaghan, Jo da Silva

Published date: 2013

Publisher: Science Direct

Keywords: Adaptation; Urban climate change resilience; Mainstreaming; Knowledge; Finance; Policy

Description: This paper draws on the experiences of 10 Asian cities participating in the Rockefeller Foundation funded Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) identifying key areas for action – stakeholder engagement, generating credible knowledge and integration in policy and planning at a local, regional and national level – whilst recognizing the importance of influencing city budgets and attracting private sector funding. The particular focus is on the activities and approaches employed by local partners to sustain action on Urban Climate Change Resilience beyond the timeframe of the ACCCRN program funding which ends in 2016  Further Information

United Kingdom

Title: Low-cost measures increase resilience to flooding in a rural area

Location: United Kingdom

Author (s): Devon county council

Published date: 2010

Publisher: UKclimate impacts programme

Keywords: Streams, surface water flooding, drainage, local grants, rural communities

Description: Following severe flooding in October 2008 in Devon County, UK, cost effective solutions were identified to increase local resilience to future such events. East Devon Flood Recovery Group was set up by Devon County Council and East Devon District Council. Three of the group’s aims were to get people back in their homes, to learn from the experience, and to work together to reduce the impacts of future events  Further Information

Title: Downstream Voices: Wetland Solutions to Reducing Disaster Risk

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Published date: 2014

Publisher: Wetlands International

Keywords: Climate change adaptation, ecosystem based solutions, Disaster risk reduction, community resilience

Description: Until recently, the world’s response to inevitable climate change was based on producing ever more precise forecasts of what would happen locally – running ever more sophisticated climate models to generate data on the climate and then working out how to “adapt” to the change. While ever bigger super-computers with ever more sophisticated climate models still attempt that, there is a growing realization that we will never know in any detail what is coming down the track. And that means that engineered adaptation is not always a realistic option. A new perspective in this report suggests a different approach. It makes the case for addressing ecosystem degradation as one of the root causes of risk and vulnerability and for opting for ecosystem-based solutions as a way to reduce disaster risk and build community resilience. It focuses on water-related hazards in particular, as they make up a vast majority of risks, and are often exacerbated by inadequate water and natural resource management. Rather than an engineered response to known threats, it suggests paying much greater attention to ensuring our world is more resilient to whatever surprise a changing climate system may throw at us  Further Information

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