Adaptation to climate change is embedded across our programme work

Climate change affects everyone, but its effects are felt most by the world’s poorest and most marginalised communities – for example drought-prone sub-Saharan Africa, or in marginal areas such as floodplains or unstable hillsides.

Because of this, we embed climate change adaptation across our programmes. Our work, in energy access, agriculture, disaster risk reduction and water and waste, equips vulnerable people to adapt to a changing climate and cope with severe weather events.

Reducing the impact of climate change

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.

Coping with drought

Simple technologies, such as rainwater harvesting and water conservation, can reduce the devastating impact of droughts

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Preparing for floods

Appropriate training and technologies are introduced in order for families to dramatically lessen the impact of the inevitable flooding

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River erosion

Displacement from river erosion can be devastating, but building back better gives people a stronger chance against future adversity

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Flood resistant housing

Simple design changes improve houses enough to be unaffected by flooding and resulting dangers to livelihoods

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Surviving freak freezes

Simple yet effective ideas to improve the livelihoods of communities struggling to cope with extreme weather conditions

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Adapting rice to saltier water

Using forgotten indigenous varieties of rice to grow in saltier water

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Adapting to climate change

Poor people are the least prepared to protect themselves and adapt to a changing climate. We work 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 ;
  • empower themselves to plan for their own future development.

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Campaigning for policy change

At national and international levels Practical Action lobbies for fair, ambitious and legally binding policies to reduce emissions, encourage sustainable development and fund adaptation.

Find out more about our campaigns and policy work on climate change

UNFCCC COP21 Paris, 30 November - 11 December 2015

CBA9 Nairobi, Kenya: 24-30 April, 2015

Climate change technical info

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.


Our consultancy arm, Practical Action Consulting (PAC), helps communities build on their skills and knowledge to assist them reduce and manage the risks they face, and adapt to meet the challenges of current climate variability and climate change.

Practical Action Consulting's climate change expertise


We work with national and international bodies around the world, including the UNFCCC.

Recent and forthcoming events

UNFCCC COP21 Paris, France, 30 November - 11 December 2015

CBA9 Nairobi, Kenya, 24-30 April 2015


From policy reports and briefing documents to case studies and research papers, we have a range of documents on climate change adaptation:


Disaster risk reduction is increasingly important because climate change is expected to result in more frequent and severe hazards.

Rather than focus on relief measures, Practical Action works with communities so they can prepare for and cope with future hazards.

Disaster risk reduction programme

News from our climate change blogs

Will COP21 deliver a Paris Protocol?

Have the global negotiations for a new climate agreement switched from a marathon to an egg and spoon race? We are now in the final leg of the marathon negotiations for a new climate agreement. At the last meeting in Bonn, the negotiators were expected to intensify their pace, but by the end o...
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Solar Power Cart: One stop solution for post cyclone energy need

We tend to think of development, not in terms of evolution, but in terms of creation. ~ EF Schumacher
Based on a trolley (3-wheeler) this new innovation of a Solar Power Cart “Soura Ratha” can produce up to 1KW green energy which will provide hassle free power supply i...
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Reflecting on technology in the lead up to COP21, Paris

These videos outline the background to the UNFCCC meetings held recently in preparation for the vital COP21 climate change talks in Paris at the end of November.

Technology needs assessment

Over the past year developing countries have been identifying their priority technology needs, t...
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