The purpose of this workshop is to share the findings of IFAD projects and highlight emerging concerns to jointly identify action points which can be incorporated in the next pilot studies.
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The Research Center for Climate Change Adaptation (RCCCA) of Keio University conducted an educational programme for students including a fieldwork and workshop in the Horqin Sandy Land from 25 August to 3 September 2012. The Horqin Sandy Land, which is placed in Inner Mongolia of China, is one of the most desertified regions in the world. Desertification in arid and semi-arid regions is a serious environmental problem and would be exacerbated by climate change. This programme aimed to help students comprehensively learn about research and practice for adaptation in the desertified region with the help of a non-profit “Green Network,” Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), and local government, which work on desertification in this area. Chinese, Korean, and Japanese students participated from Keio University, the University of Tokyo, and CAS.
In the first half of the programme, students from the Japanese universities joined environmental restoration activities performed by the non-profit. They studied not only individual restoration techniques but also community-based restoration planning that was a kind of adaptation strategy in the local society. Next, they visited theNaiman Desertification Research Station (NDRS), which is a field research station of CAS, to attend the workshop. The workshop consisted of four parts: (1) Lectures on the activities of NDRS (by Professor Xueyong Zhao, director of NDRS), RCCCA (by Professor Wanglin Yan, director of RCCCA), and the former director of the forestry bureau of the local government) (2) Round table discussion with students at CAS about research and practice for adaptation in this area; (3) Training on vegetation and soil surveys and laboratory analysis (4) An excursion to a large sand-dune area.
This programme was indeed a training course for the students from the Japanese universities, who had not been familiar with desertification. Moreover, lthough the students at CAS worked on desertification, they had not really considered adaptation because they focused on basic research. Therefore the programme was an opportunity for the students at CAS to learn about adaptation in the desertified area and broaden their horizons. In addition, a relationship between RCCCA and NDRS was established, and future co-operation about a student exchange programme and an international symposium was discussed. Since the programme was successfully done, it is set to be conducted next year.
What are the latest approaches to mainstreaming community-based adaptation into international, national, and local planning and processes? IIED’s CBA7 Conference aims to gather climate scientists, policy-makers and practitioners to answer this question, and to share the lessons learned. To be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, from April 18 to 25, 2013, the CBA7 includes three days of field visits to projects in Bangladesh (April 19–21) to see how communities living in different ecosystems have adapted to climate change, and three days of plenary and interactive sessions at the conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital.
The platform offers many opportunities to access new research information directly from universities, institutes and practitioners, and to feed into the agenda for new research to be undertaken. Platform events will offer networking opportunities and the chance to share with others successful strategies and lessons learned in business sectors such as agriculture, transport, and construction.
The platform is a ‘space’ to enable professionals working in areas relating to climate adaptation to share their knowledge and experience with each other. If you are working with poor communities where farmers are dealing with changed planting seasons or new pest infestations, where urban shanty-dwellers are finding that ‘climate migrants’ are crowding out already overstretched services, or where more village children are coming down with dengue fever – then the platform may indeed have something to offer you. It is all about linking up with others who are facing similar challenges, and figuring out what responses will work best in your particular situation.