Climate Change

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.

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.

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.

PAC's approach to our climate change work comprises of five key areas:

Adaptation to climate change and disaster risk reduction
PAC apply a participatory approach, focusing on preparedness, promotion and adaptation of indigenous practices, and develop early warning and community-level monitoring systems. This ensures ownership, broad community participation, and a concerted effort to build adaptive capacity and climate resilience. 

Low-carbon, climate compatible development
PAC is well positioned to identify sustainable energy solutions and low cost opportunities to reduce GHG emissions while moving towards a development path that is less carbon intensive. Our solutions are making significant impacts to the lives and livelihoods of millions of people around the world. PAC recognises the importance of energy to poverty eradication and has expertise in renewable energy technologies, energy efficient technologies, biofuels and rural electrification. 

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 cimate 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, and a Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction diploma. All of our training can be tailored to suit the needs of the client.

Economic Impact Assessment of Climate Change in Key Sectors in Nepal (2012 - 2013)

The Government of Nepal, supported by CDKN, have  implemented a study “Economic Impact Assessment of Climate Change in Key Sectors in Nepal” with technical support from Integrated Development Society (IDS) Nepal, Practical Action Consulting (PAC) Nepal and the Global Climate Adaptation Partnership (GCAP), UK.
The study aims to better understand the economic impacts of present and future climate change in Nepal in two key sectors: water and agriculture.

The primary objectives of the study are:
• To provide headline and sectoral estimates of the impacts and economic costs of climate change for the agricultural  and water sectors, as an input to the Government’s assessment of losses and benefits from climate change.
• To provide a ranking of climate compatible development options to address risks identified in these areas.
• To build the capacity of government officials and key stakeholders for economic assessment of climate change impacts and economic costs/losses and damages, and the use of this information for adaptation planning and practice.

Recognizing that climate change involves evolving risks over future time periods, the study will assess the effects of climate change from currently climate variability and emerging trends, through to longer term climatic changes

SNV District Climate Energy Planning in Nepal (2010-2011)
PAC worked with a local partner to support SNV in developing the District Climate and Energy Plan (DCEP), to create a planning process for accelerating the dissemination of renewable energy technologies at district level, which can contribute to the development goals at national and local level in Nepal. The DCEP takes into consideration the climate impacts and gender and social inclusion issues.

The DCEP was developed to prepare a climate change adaptive, decentralised renewable energy plan that can contribute to climate change mitigation and ensure gender and social inclusion issues. Assessing the institutional set up of the district in relation to requirements of accelerated dissemination of RE and recommendations on organisational arrangements needed are also important aspects of the DCEP. PAC provided energy, climate change and social development assistance to prepare the guideline document for district energy planners, and piloted this methodology in two districts in Nepal.

IADB (Inter-American Development Bank) Economic Impacts of Climate Change in Peru (2011-2012)
PAC Latin America has worked with local and international partners to deliver a study looking at the economic impacts of climate change in Peru for the Peruvian Government, funded by the Inter American Development Bank (IADB). The study aimed to identify how climate change will affect the well-being of society, by quantifying the impact of climate change in the natural resources (land, water, biodiversity) and the production activities in the most representative sectors of the economy (agriculture, livestock, fisheries, mining, infrastructure, energy, tourism and health). The study also identifies and recommend climate change adaptation and mitigation policies. The study takes into account the Peruvian version of the studies already implemented in other Latin American countries based in the Stern Report, and considers resources modeling, economic studies by sector and macroeconomic studies. The study includes a communications and dissemination plan at national and regional level.

For more information about our current climate change projects click here


Contact our International Climate Change Team

South Asia


Address: Narayan Gopal Sadak, Maharajgunj, PO Box 15135, Kathmandu, Nepal

Tel: +977-1-4720803, 4720804, 4720761


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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