Practice and Learning
Practice and Learning
The impacts of climate change will affect all aspects of the climate- not just rising temperatures. It makes rainfall less predictable; it changes the character of the seasons and increases the frequency and severity of extreme weather events such as storms, floods and frosts. The impacts of these changes are exacerbated by existing environmental problems and poverty . For example, when deforestation is combined with heavy rainfall resulting in more landslides and floods. So people who depend on the environment for a living and who are already struggling to cope, are at risk of being hit even harder. Thus climate change exacerbates existing social and economic challenges that the poorest already face and in addition, adds to the uncertainty facing them.
Resource poor people are the least prepared to protect themselves and adapt to this future uncertainty. Practical Action is working with these communities to manage the risk of disasters; help them manage changing season patterns and adapt their farming practices; enabling them to get better access to information on technologies and skills through linking with governments and other service provides; and empowering people through strengthening community organisations to plan for their own future development. Read more about our programmes here.
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 here.
At Practical Action we believe climate change adaptation cannot be solved solely through the top down transfer of technologies. These technologies are unlikely to reach the poorest people because of a lack of affordability and accessibility. Nor will these technologies be specifically designed...Read more
Impacts of climate variability and change are part of a bigger picture of the future trends and uncertainties facing poor communities. Climate change contributes to vulnerability by creating greater uncertainty in the environment within which poor people are living and producing, for example i...Read more
Farmers and livestock keepers face many uncertainties. Not least the double effects of more extreme events such as droughts and frosts, but also gradual changes in weather patterns. They also lack information on climate change and climate variability. Practical Action works to build capacities...Read more
At Practical Action we have been working with local communities to understand what their existing perception of climate change and climate variability are and what impacts these are likely to have on their livelihoods. For example, we have worked with people in Western Nepal to identify ex...Read more