Briefing note

Driving, connecting and communicating: The many roles of national government in climate adaptation planning

Climate change is one of the most significant challenges to the Caribbean’s future prosperity. The impacts of climate change on economically important sectors such as tourism, agriculture and fishing threaten Caribbean nations’ ability to achieve their economic and social development goals.

Climate-smart smallholder agriculture: what’s different?

There is a growing consensus that climate change is transforming the context for rural development, changing physical and socio-economic landscapes and making smallholder development more expensive. But there is less consensus on how smallholder agriculture practices should change as a result. The question is often asked: what really is different about ‘climate-smart’ smallholder agriculture that goes beyond regular best practice in development?

Community Participation in Water Resource Management

The Pangani Basin is one of the most productive areas of Tanzania with nationally important agricultural outputs, (almost 90% of the surface flow in the Pangani river basin is used for irrigation) and hydropower generation. In addition, the basin has forest and biodiversity resources of global importance. Despite available water resources, Pangani Basin is water stressed having less than 1,200 cubic meters of water per person per year and already inadequate supplies threaten the basin’s natural resources, livelihoods,agricultural and hydroelectric productivity.

Millenium Development Goals and Climate Change Adaptation: MDG 3 - Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women through Climate Change Adaptation

UNDP mandates gender mainstreaming in all its programming through a gender marker that rates the projects for gender relevance. Projects are required to assess how they are addressing differences in roles and needs of women and men. Quantitative data on number of women in project staff, on project boards, and in jobs generated by the project are also to be reported.

Millenium Development Goals and Climate Change Adaptation: MDG 1 - Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger from Climate Change

Reducing vulnerabilities to adverse impacts of climate change and increasing adaptive capacities to prepare for and manage climate change uncertainties and impacts is necessary to promote climate resilient development. Integrating climate change risk management principles into national development strategies, policies, and plans is crucial to safeguard efforts and achievements towards MDG 1.

Harnessing synergies: mainstreaming climate change adaptation in disaster risk reduction programmes and policies

About this In Brief

This In Brief draws from a fuller report that forms the foundation for a process that seeks answers to these questions. It intends to help mobilise action through advice from those who engage with DRR and CCA on a daily basis through the realities on the ground.

Based on the premise that promoting and harnessing links between CCA and DRR requires constructive, actionable guidance, a conceptual tool known as the Zebra was developed by Katie Harris and Aditya Bahadur and is introduced in this brief.