Supporting community adaptation to water shortages in Kiribati - DAMP Handbook

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Supporting community adaptation to water shortages in Kiribati - DAMP Handbook



August 2016


The dynamic adaptive management process (DAMP) was designed to build the skills of community facilitators to lead participatory decision-making processes to plan for the delivery of basic services under a changing climate. It provides facilitators with a range of tools for leading conversations at the community level. It will also help to build skills and knowledge which will enable the community to participate in identifying solutions that are relevant and appropriate for their context.

The approach aims to build the adaptive capacity of communities in the outer islands of Kiribati to identify indicators/triggers, that draw upon various knowledge systems, including traditional knowledge, to define thresholds or limits to specific water related adaptation strategies. This will empower them to monitor adaptation strategies and subsequently contribute to the development of future adaptation strategies that will support the diversification of water resources.

The DAMP Handbook* draws on the experience of the authors and outcomes of training workshop, and is aimed at community facilitators from non-government organisations, local and national governments, and service providers. It outlines a set of tools to better understand the impacts of climate change on possible water supply options and identify triggers for when a new water option should be planned. The tools and processes that are presented are flexible enough to be applied to a range of situations and sectors.

This handbook was prepared by the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney in collaboration with KiriCAN, and was made possible through funding from USAID via the Pacific - American Climate Fund (PACAM) program.