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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 – for example drought-prone sub-Saharan Africa, or in marginal areas such as floodplains or unstable hillsides.

Because of this, we embed climate change adaptation across our programmes. Our work, in energy access, agriculture, disaster risk reduction and water and waste, equips vulnerable people to adapt to a changing climate and cope with severe weather events.

Reducing the impact of climate change

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.

Coping with drought

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

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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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Flood resistant housing

Simple design changes improve houses enough to be unaffected by flooding and resulting dangers to livelihoods

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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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Adapting rice to saltier water

Using forgotten indigenous varieties of rice to grow in saltier water

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Projects like this depend on your support. Please help us to work with communities around the world to save lives and improve livelihoods.

Adapting to climate change

Poor people are the least prepared to protect themselves and adapt to a changing climate. We work 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 ;
  • empower themselves to plan for their own future development.

Read more about our experience in climate change adaptation

Campaigning for policy change

At national and international levels Practical Action lobbies 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

Climate change technical info

Our technical information service, Practical Answers, offers free downloads on a range of topics related to environment and adaptation to climate 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.

Consulting

Our consultancy arm, Practical Action Consulting (PAC), helps communities build on their skills and knowledge to assist them reduce and manage the risks they face, and adapt 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, including the UNFCCC.

Recent and forthcoming events:

UNFCCC COP23, BONN 6-17 Nov 2017

Documents

From policy reports and briefing documents to case studies and research papers, we have a range of documents on climate change adaptation:

Disasters

Disaster risk reduction is increasingly important because climate change is expected to result in more frequent and severe hazards.

Rather than focus on relief measures, Practical Action works with communities so they can prepare for and cope with future hazards.

Disaster risk reduction programme

News from our climate change blogs

IPCC special report on 1.5°C

In 2015 the Paris Agreement, the global compact signed by the governments of the planet to tackle climate change, was agreed. In the negotiated process to reach this agreement some governments still had doubts about the degree of warming that was acceptable and necessary to maintain global develo...
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Climate Change is back in the News

The last few years have started to place climate change back on the political map, not in respect to astounding stories of climate denial but because the foresight of scientists such as James Hansen[1] finally seems to be coming to fruition.  Last autumn witnessed the most devastating North Atlan...
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Technology for Development

Why is technology justice central to international development? As history demonstrates, technology provides a catalyst for change. Practical Action has been working on flood Early Warning Systems (EWS) for over ten years and we have seen not only technology adoption taking place but also soci...
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Elevated hand pumps supply clean water during floods

Dakshin Sahipur, a small village near the bank of the Karnali River in southern Nepal, gets flooded every year. Most of the residents here are former bonded labourers, freed after the Government of Nepal abolished the bonded labour system in 2002. The government provided five kattha of land (arou...
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