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4th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 21-27 February 2010
CBA approaches emphasize the need to empower rural communities and identify, through participatory learning methodologies, suitable adaptation options. Planned knowledge and communication activities have to be acknowledged as strategic assets to improve information sharing, people’s participation and concerted action towards social learning for livelihood adaptation.
As recommended by participants to the 3rd CBA conference, communication processes and strategies are essential to enhance rural institutions’ capacity to assist small farmers and reduce communities’ vulnerability. These should be fully integrated and mainstreamed within the CBA approach, in order to:
• facilitate equitable access to knowledge and information
• enhance learning and action → co-creation of knowledge
• promote peoples’ participation and direct involvement in the design of coping strategies
• bridge the “glocal information divide” between global environmental systems and local communities improving linkages among research, extension, advisory services and farmers.
FAO is implementing the Communication for Sustainable Development Initiative (CSDI), a global programme to test, document and share communication strategies, services and tools for climate change adaptation and sustainable NRM. Based on two cases in Congo and Bangladesh, this presentation will draw on field experience to demonstrate that sharing knowledge on good practices among peers fosters horizontal collaboration and helps rural people define new adaptation strategies to climate change, while reaffirming their right to communication services.
The contribution will also introduce a CSDI initiative in response to the need for enhanced communication capacities among development practitioners, field agents and decision-makers. It aims to establish a cross-regional and cross-institutional community of practice, for sharing information and knowledge on communication applied to climate adaptation, through networking and partnerships with development programmes, institutions, NGOs, universities and research centres.