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Action aid and climate change regional workshop

  1. 1. ActionAid Approach to DRR/ CCA Strengthening Climate Resilience workshop 2010.
  2. 2. Why ActionAid is concerned ? • Hitting the poorest and most vulnerable particularly women and children. • Devastating effect in poorest countries with limited means to cope and adapt who have actually done the least to contribute to the problem • Climate change impacts reflects and reinforces inequalities and injustice • Rich countries are not doing enough to cut their own emissions and are not funding and supporting adaptation in developing world. • 2.4B people affected in the last decade compared to 1.7B in the previous decade. • Around 70% of disasters are now climate related up from 50% two decades.
  3. 3. How is AA tackling climate change? 3-pronged approach: 1. Adaptation – helping people to adapt their lifestyles to cope better with the impacts of climate change 2. Disaster Risk Reduction – helping people analyse, anticipate and reduce their vulnerability to climate- related disasters 3. Local, national and international policy and campaigning work
  4. 4. ActionAid’s Approach on CCA • Work with poor people, especially women and smallholder farmers, to analyze their vulnerabilities to climate change • Demonstrate people's capacity to adapt by recognizing and supporting their efforts. Examples include: – Providing new varieties of seeds, i.e. short-term crops – Education and Training on planting seasons, cropping patterns and agricultural practices – Irrigation projects.
  5. 5. Diversification of livelihoods- Livestock keeping communities embracing dry land farming.
  6. 6. DRR Approach • ActionAid through schools project • Started in 2006 designed to reduce people’s vulnerability to natural disasters by building on the role of schools in the community through HFA implementation • Schools as focus for disaster preparedness through knowledge and action on risks and hazards. • HFA 3
  7. 7. Design principles and methodology • Outreach • Capital investment • Involve people • Get local govt on board • PVA • Specific capacity building for stakeholders • Support community mobilization and advocacy • Raise climate change awareness
  8. 8. DRR approach • Facilitate communities to analyse their own vulnerabilities to disasters and climate change and develop actions to address them • Using children as vehicles for DRR and CC messages • Help communities to increase their resilience to disasters and climate change (assets, livelihoods etc) • Help poor communities be more prepared (e.g. working with schools to teach them what to do and where to go in the event of a disaster. • Build the capacity of communities and partners ( PVA, programme design, analysis of links between vulnerability and poverty) to generate evidence for policy work at district, national and international levels
  9. 9. School children undertaking participatory vulnerability analysis process.
  10. 10. School children in DRR clubs raising climate change awareness With communities.
  11. 11. Water projects to support communities adaptative capacities.
  12. 12. Policy and campaigning -National platform -Curriculum - Lobbying for governments of rich countries to reduce their emissions and provide resources to poor countries to adapt to the changing climate Campaigning around international events e.g. G8 summits, UN climate change conferences (Denmark, Dec 09)
  13. 13. Research and documentation • Studies
  14. 14. Challenges. – Inadequate awareness of the HFA – DRR/CCA seen as separate issues as opposed to being part of long term dev. – National level policies not translating adequately into action at local level. – More focus on ER as opposed to DRR
  15. 15. Recommendations. – Empower communities and their organizations to participate, represent and negotiate local level planning and policy making – Advocate for a strong local government with active participation of local communities that is able to influence provincial and national government policies and implementation mechanisms – Integrate DRR/CCA into HA.
  16. 16. Way forward contd. – DRR and CC National policy / strategy /act in place and reflects the interest of the vulnerable people – Institutional mechanisms able to enhance resilience of vulnerable people to disasters and climate change impacts – Adequate and relevant funding from international community reaching the poor and vulnerable through democratic funding mechanisms. – Establish strong pressure groups that hold governments and donors accountable.
  17. 17. THANK YOU.

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