Turning vulnerability into resilience
Globally, rising sea levels, flash floods and overflowing rivers cause immense damage. It’s people in the world’s poorest places who suffer the most. With very limited resources available, they struggle to prepare for such extreme weather, or get back on their feet in the aftermath.
We know solutions exist. Every £1 invested in prevention saves an average of £5 in future losses. That’s why we’re working with people around the world so they can adapt and thrive in the new conditions. Purnima (pictured) is one of those people. With our support and training, she learned to suspend her crops above the water. Her new airborne vegetable farm is thriving.
Suspended gardens are one of many transformative techniques that you can help support, creating huge change for communities.
“The training I’ve had through Practical Action has opened up many possibilities. Now I can provide for my family. The money I earn from the sale of vegetables helps me meet the household expenses.”
– Purnima Rani Biswas, a farmer in Bangladesh
A future-proof response to increasingly extreme weather
Around the world, climate change is making floods more frequent and severe. That’s why we’re working with people around the world so they can adapt and thrive in the new conditions.
Together, we’re building low-cost monitoring stations, which send out SMS alerts warning communities about impending floods. Evacuation plans and flood resistant shelters help them protect their property and possessions.
We’re using animated videos like this one to promote the importance of flood evacuation plans for at-risk communities. This one was aired on local television in Nepal. It’s one more tool in our package of solutions supporting people on the front line of climate change.
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