Equipping vulnerable people to adapt to a changing climate
Climate change affects everyone, but its effects are felt most by the world’s poorest and most marginalised communities, who live in regions that are susceptible to changes in the climate and whose livelihoods are dependent on natural resources – for example drought-prone sub-Saharan Africa, or in marginal areas such as floodplains or unstable hillsides.
Because of this, we embed climate change as a cross-cutting theme across our four universal goals. Our work, in energy access, agriculture, disaster risk reduction and water and waste, is equipping vulnerable people to adapt to a changing climate and cope with severe weather events.
Examples of our work
Practical Action have developed simple, practical solutions that can help people to minimise the ways in which floods, droughts and extreme weather affect their lives. We know that small-scale technologies can make a difference, and around the world, we're working with people to help them adapt.
Practice & learning
Poor people are the least prepared to protect themselves and adapt to a changing climate. Practical Action is working with these communities to:
- manage the risk of disasters;
- manage changing season patterns and adapt their farming practices;
- get better access to information on technologies and skills through linking with governments and other service provides;
- empowering themselves through strengthening community organisations to plan for their own future development.
At national and international levels Practical Action is lobbying for fair, ambitious and legally binding policies to reduce emissions, encourage sustainable development and fund adaptation.
Practical Action will be sending representatives from Bangladesh, Nepal, Peru, the UK, Sudan and Zimbabwe to CBA9 to share what we know and take the opportunity to learn from other practitioners.
Our technical information service, Practical Answers, offers free downloads on a range of topics related to environment and adaptation to climae change.
We also have a technical enquiry service where anyone working in poverty reduction, or on small-scale technology projects, can ask a question and receive a response from our local experts free of charge.
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Practical Action Consulting (PAC) draws on more than 40 years experience of working with the world's poorest people, helping communities build on their skills and knowledge to assist them in developing more secure lives, reduce and manage the risks they face, and adapt their lives and livelihood practices to meet the challenges of current climate variability and climate change.
We work with national and international bodies around the world to create and strengthen policies which reduce emissions and encourage funding and focus on adaptation to climate change, including the UNFCCC.
CBA9: the 9th Community-Based Adaptation conference
Nairobi, Kenya, 24-30 April, 2015.
From policy reports and briefing documents to case studies and research papers, you will find all documents on climate change here.
Disaster risk reduction is increasingly important because climate change is expected to result in more frequent and severe hazards. It is also expected to increase people's vulnerability, resulting in even more disasters.
Rather than focus on relief measures, Practical Action is working with communities to enable them to prepare for, cope with and adapt to future hazards by building stronger livelihoods, disaster risk management and increasing food security.