Climate Change Adaptation: Enabling people living in poverty to adapt

Report / Paper

Climate Change Adaptation: Enabling people living in poverty to adapt

AUTHORS: Catherine Pettengell, research@oxfam.org.uk

PUBLISHED DATE

October 2011

RESOURCE

Climate change is fast pushing the poorest and most marginalized communities beyond their capacity to respond. This report draws on case studies from around the world and on Oxfam’s experience working with rural communities. It sets out what is needed to enable people living in poverty to adapt to climate change, and a range of interventions that are available. Oxfam’s approach brings together experience in the areas of livelihoods, natural resource management, and Disaster Risk Reduction, with robust decision making in order to manage uncertainty and risk, and to build adaptive capacity from household to national and global levels. The report identifies the combined need for bottom-up and topdown processes in order to create the enabling conditions needed for people living in poverty to adapt to climate change.