A Field Guide to Community Based Adaptation

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Routledge, 2013 - Business & Economics - 232 pages
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The world's poor will be the most critically affected by a changing climate—and yet their current plight isn't improving rapidly enough to fulfill the UN's Millennium Development Goals. If experienced development organizations are finding it difficult to solve decades-old development problems, how will they additionally solve new challenges driven by climate change? A Field Guide to Community Based Adaptation illustrates how including community members in project design and co-management leads to long-lasting, successful achievement of development and adaptation goals.

This field guide provides a system of building block activities for staff on the ground to use in developing and implementing successful adaptation to climate change projects that can be co-managed and sustained by communities. Based on years of use in 129 different countries, the techniques illustrated in this field guide use a step-by-step progression to lead readers through problem assessment, project design, implementation, and community take over. The book equips development staff with all the tools and techniques they need to improve current project effectiveness, to introduce community based adaptation into organizational programming and to generate new projects. The techniques provided can be applied to broad range of challenges, from agriculture and soil and water challenges, to health concerns, flood defences and market development. The book is supported by a user-friendly website updated by the author, where readers can download online resources for each chapter which they can tailor to their own specific projects.

This practical guide is accessible to all levels of development staff and practitioners, as well as to students of development and environmental studies.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Local Context
7
Design
57
Sustainable Implementation
93
Tools and Field Guides
131

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About the author (2013)

Tim Magee is the Executive Director of the Center for Sustainable Development, Inc., and is based in Guatemala. He has provided online instruction on community-centered, sustainable development to practitioners from 380 organizations in 129 countries.

Howard White is the Executive Director of the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie). He is also Adjunct Professor at the Alfred Deakin Research Institute, Deakin University, Co-Chair of the Campbell Collaboration International Development Coordinating Group and Managing Editor of the Journal of Development Studies and the Journal of Development Effectiveness.

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