Adaptation and beyond: Lessons from community based adaptation in Africa

April 25, 2016

Community based adaptation puts people at the centre of their own development. It is not just about responding to climate shocks, but is a learning process that empowers communities to solve problems and plan for climate events. Without underestimating the severity of climate change, this approach recognizes that environmental stress can also be an opportunity for personal and community growth. 

In South Africa, INDIGO Development & Change and the Environmental Monitoring Group looked at how small-scale rooibos tea farmers adapted to climate change in the Suid Bokkeveld area of Northern Cape province. The seriesAdaptation and Beyond captures their experience gained from participatory research with the tea farmers and demystifies some of the key concepts used in climate research. The briefs cover the following themes: community based climate change adaptation, gender and adaptation, climate science, and principles for working with individuals, households, and communities.

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These briefs resulted from a pilot project carried out as part of the Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change in Africa (CBAA) initiative, with support from the Climate Change Adaptation in Africa program.  The Kenya-based African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) led the CBAA project.  The briefs were published by Indigo Development & Change in 2011.

The Climate Change Adaptation in Africa research and capacity development program was launched in 2006 as a joint initiative of Canada’s International Development Research Centre and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID).

You can find other results from this project below.