At the conclusion of the seminar for the adaptation to climate change fellowships of 2007 it was noted that many rural and indigenous communities are actually putting into place initiatives to adapt to climate change. However, many of these communities are not being identified nor are they sharing the lessons they are learning. It was therefore felt that a global mapping of communities needed to be commenced. There was wide agreement among seminar participants that the work undertaken to date should be deepened, widened, made publicly accessible, and that links should be created with other organisations and initiatives in the field. The point was well made that it is the poorest and most vulnerable individuals and communities in rural areas that suffer most from climate change impacts, and that some of these may well have the least capacity to adapt to those impacts. Therefore it is hoped that by continuing to work through the theme of ‘Rural Community Adaptation to Climate Change’ the Trust would also be dealing with issues of how to tackle rural poverty.
Hilda Zara – Fellowship Awardee
The mapping fellowships were to ascertain the extent and scope of initiatives that are directly related to adaptation to climate change in rural areas.
View Hilda’s report here.
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