Climate Change Adaptation

Practical Action Consulting (PAC) draws on more than 40 years of experience working with the world's poorest people, helping communities build on their skills and knowledge to assist them in developing more secure lives, helping them to reduce and manage the risks they face, and helping them to adapt their lives and livelihood practices to meet the challenges of current climate variability and climate change.

The legacy of our experience and global coverage in over 46 developing countries enables PAC to effect change at scale through delivering timely, high-quality products and services to clients around the world.


Practical Action Consulting’s international team of climate change experts from across our regional offices allows us to deliver professional services to the highest standard in the areas of climate change adaptation; and disaster risk reduction.

Climate change capability statement (PAC)

Practical Action Consulting’s international team of climate change experts from across our regional offices allows us to deliver professional services to the highest standard in the areas of climate change adaptation; disaster risk reduction; low-carbon climate-compatible development; research, analysis and assessment; policy analysis and institutional development; and training and capacity building.

Our work prioritises close partnership with local communities, promotion and adaptation of indigenous practices, and a gender sensitive and participatory approach. This ensures ownership, broad community participation, and a concerted effort to build adaptive capacity and climate resilience.

Adaptation to climate change

In the field of climate change adaptation we focus on climate resilient agriculture and integrating climate change adaption into development, managing pilot programmes (eg on climate resilient rice/maize/sugar farming in Nepal), undertaking research (eg research for CDKN on gender and climate change) and providing Technical Advisory services (eg advising DFID on climate services in South Asia).

Research, analysis and assessment

PAC has developed climate change vulnerability assessment tools and methodologies for governments and donor agencies to assess the local impacts of climate change, understand the resulting implications on community resources and livelihoods, and mainstream these considerations into development planning. PAC has developed medium- and long-term regional climate change impact scenarios based on temperature and precipitation data, socio-economic data, anecdotal evidence and communities’ perceptions, and regional climate models to develop local-scale climate scenarios.

Policy analysis and institutional development

We use our credibility and experience to inform and influence climate-related policies and practices in favour of poor people, both nationally and internationally. At PAC, we analyse policy issues to generate information and enhance the knowledge base. Our policy briefs, reports, books and other publications are intended to enhance dialogue, build institutional capacity, and influence policy.

Training & capacity building

PAC has developed mechanisms for lesson-learning and sharing of good practice, as well as disseminating information and knowledge products based on the experience of PAC and other practitioners. We offer tailored training, capacity building and targeted knowledge products.

Gender Equality and Climate Compatible Development: Drivers and challenges to people’s empowerment (2014-2016)

Client: CDKN Location: Global

We are managing the production and dissemination of high quality evidence on gender-sensitive approaches to climate compatible development (CCD) including how and to what extent gender-sensitive approaches can contribute to increasing women’s ability to engage in adaptation and mitigation efforts in ways that affect long-term impacts. The findings of three sub-national studies in Latin America, Africa and Asia will be used to substantiate the benefits of gender equality within the development and adoption of policy decisions, and the subsequent design and implementation of appropriate development programmes in the case study countries and beyond. A dynamic and targeted dissemination and communication strategy will ensure that this compelling evidence stimulates debate on research, policy and practice and serves as a reference for policy makers and practitioners across the globe. PAC is leading this project working with the UK Institute of Development Studies.

Development of a Programme Communication Strategy for CARIAA (The Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia) (2014-2015)

Client: CARIAA with CommsConsult

Location: Africa and Asia

PAC partnered with CommsConsult on providing support to CARIAA to develop an effective Programme Communication Strategy. CARIAA is a seven year, multi-country programme aimed at understanding the vulnerability of poor people’s livelihoods to climate change. The programme focuses on three high-risk climate change hotspots with research spanning across four continents and at least twelve countries. It is thereby of significant importance to ensure that CARIAA can effectively support a research into use framework across the differing projects that make up the CARIAA consortia. In order to support research uptake at a global level, PAC (working with CommsConsult) have conducted a needs assessment and made recommendations on the internal and external systems and mechanisms that need to be put in place to create an enabling environment for knowledge generation, effective communication and an increased likelihood of research uptake across the programme.

Promoting Climate Resilient Agriculture (Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience - Nepal Pilot) 2013-2017

Client: IFC/World Bank

Location: Nepal

Using a private sector led extension approach to building climate resilience (working with extensionists linked to small/medium scale processors), we are supporting 15,000 small-scale farmers in Nepal to adopt climate adaptive agricultural practices. The project aims to develop and demonstrate climate adaptive methods, practices and technologies three crops — rice, sugarcane and maize — resulting in farmer adoption of proven adaptive practices and long term improvements in resilience and productivity. These crops were selected based on a weighted average score of critical factors such as vulnerability to climate change, contribution to food security, importance to the economy, farmer involvement, growth potential, level of commercialisation, level of interest among private sector actors to undertake support services, and ease of partnership with respective producers.

The following results are anticipated during the project period:

• Climate Smart Demonstration plots (one for each crop) established in the fields of the lead firms and of sixty lead farmers;

• Climate Smart Agronomic Package of Practices (PoP) for rice, maize and sugarcane prepared and used for farmer training;

• Capacity developed of 15 extensionists (five per crop) through Training of Trainers (ToT);

• Models tested for climate resilient agriculture, and successful practices adopted;

• Climate resilient farm practices for rice, maize and sugarcane proven and replicated in neighbouring districts;

• Capacity improved of farmers and rice, maize and sugarcane agricultural value chains;

• Longer-term on-farm productivity increased.

Contact our International Climate Change Team

South Asia

Contact: KR Viswanathan (based in PAC India Office) - PAC International Climate Adaptation Specialist



UK Head Office

Contact: Sarah Brown - International Projects Manager, Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction


Address: Schumacher Centre, Bourton on Dunsmore, Rugby, CV23 9QZ

Tel: 01926 634 403




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