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, 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.

Adapting rice to saltier water

Using forgotten indigenous varieties of rice to grow in saltier water

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Coping with drought

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

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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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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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Surviving freak freezes

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

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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.

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Policy

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.

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

CBA9: the 9th conference on community-based adaptation to climate change Nairobi, Kenya from 24-30 April, 2015

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.

Find out more about our events at CBA9

Practical Answers

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.

News from our climate change blogs

Climate Smart Agriculture: why avoiding ambiguity is vital to success

Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) is a phrase that has been gaining increasing prominence in both the sphere of international development and in mainstream media. But despite some powerful backers, CSA has not been without criticism. There are growing calls for clear guidelines in order to distingu...
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Will agroecology, smallholder farmers and technology justice be adequately considered in Bonn?

Climate Change is a recognised threat to global agriculture and places in jeopardy the wellbeing of the poorest people whose fragile livelihoods are primarily dependent on agricultural production. Millions of farmers own less than one hectare of land, live on less than $1 a day and struggle to pr...
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Controversial report on financing energy access from the UNSE4ALL

I’m writing this blog while sitting in the very impressive surrounds of the UN General Assembly Hall in New York on the 3rd day of this year’s UN Sustainable Energy for All (UNSE4ALL) annual forum. It’s great to see so many people gathered in one place to discuss the goals of universal...
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Relief supplies arrive in Dhading, Nepal

Following the earthquake on 25th April, Practical Action's Nepal team  has been working hard to help some of the devastated communities in Gorkha and Dhading. We're focusing on:

  • Water treatment (to reduce deaths by disease, especially in infants)
  • Emergency shelters (for ...
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Consulting

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.

Practical Action Consulting's climate change expertise

Events

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.

Recent and forthcoming events

CBA9: the 9th Community-Based Adaptation conference
Nairobi, Kenya, 24-30 April, 2015.

Documents

From policy reports and briefing documents to case studies and research papers, you will find all documents on climate change here.

Disasters

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.

Disaster risk reduction programme

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