Adapting to a changing climate

Climate change affects everyone, but the poorest and most marginalised communities suffer the greatest impact. Because of this, we embed climate change adaptation across our work.

Access to sustainable energy, reducing the risks of disasters and improving access to water all help vulnerable communities cope with the increasing droughts, storms and floods caused by our changing climate.

 

Elevated hand pumps provide easier access to water during floods

Raising the level of the pump prevents contamination of drinking water during a flood

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Adaptation technologies

Technology enables climate change adaptation. However, these technologies must be accessible and affordable to the poor and most vulnerable families in developing countries to be taken to scale. 

There are three different categories of technologies that can enable climate change adaptation:

  1. Infrastructure such as dams, reservoirs, and solar powered irrigation systems
  2. Assets such as improved crop varieties or animal breeds that perform or cope better with the changing environment and improved cook stoves that reduce demand for charcoal or wood for fuel
  3. Social development such as improved decision-making or strengthening land, water, or forest management.

Here are some examples of these technologies in our project work.

Managing scare water resources

Water is often a source of tension between different groups of people. Good management of scarce water resouces can deliver a reliable supply for people, livestock and crops. This can improve health and help them become more resilient to changes in the climate as well as reducing friction between communities.

Solar powered irrigation

Access to renewable energy technologies can transform agricultural productivity. We work with smallholder farmers, the private sector and the government to facilitate new business models so that smallholder farmers have access to sustainable energy. 

 

Climate smart farming

Farmer field schools in Nepal offer the opportunity to learn new adaptation techniques. Technical staff assist farmers to grow seasonal crops and vegetables, giving farmers the confidence to try out new crops.This practical advice helps farmers to build resilience to flooding. 

 

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Flood Resilience Programme

Building the resilience of poor communities vulnerable to flooding

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Sustainable farming in the cloud forest

Developing ecologically sustainable methods with coffee farmers to improve quality and increase income.

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Floating farms

Combining fish and vegetables on floating platforms to increase income nutrition

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Managing forests sustainably

Improving food security through the sustainable management of forest resources

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Sun/Water/Life

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