Community Based Adaptation

Community Based Adaptation(166)
Community based adaptation empowers communities by sharing knowledge and lessons on effective ways to adapt to climate change impacts and implementing successful and sustainable adaptation projects.
16 August 2013

The Department of Environmental Science, Central University of Rajasthan and the Swedish Meteorology and Hydrology Institute, Sweden are jointly organizing the International Workshop on “Climate Change Impact and Societal Adaptation” from November 6-8, 2013 at Central University of Rajasthan, Ajmer, India. Please visit the link for more information. The organisation committee is pleased to invite you to submit an abstract for workshop for oral or poster presentation.

Please submit your abstract and registration form through email to by August 31, 2013. All submissions will be acknowledged on receipt.

Please feel free to circulate this information to your colleagues and others who may be interested.

In case you have any queries, you are welcome to contact at (Dr. Devesh Sharma)

Thank you for your valuable support



Central University of Rajasthan, Rajasthan, India
02 July 2013
The Research Centre for Climate Change Adaptation (RCCCA) of Keio University, the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN) sub-regional node for Northeast Asia, co-organized the 6th International Workshop on Remote Sensing and Environmental Innovations in Mongolia from 10-11 June 2013 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, along with the National University of Mongolia, Oxford University, and Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Science. 
The international gathering attracted 98 participants from 13 countries (Mongolia, India, United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Japan, Pakistan, USA, Canada, Korea, Russia, and China) as well as from 8 Mongolian provinces. Participants included leaders from NGO’s, governmental agency representatives as well as academics and local community leaders.
The purpose of the workshop was to expose and discuss the complex challenges that are jointly bringing about a considerable wave of change to Mongolia, with a special emphasis on the shared issue of climate change.  Perhaps more than any other nation in Asia, Mongolia is currently working to balance the dual challenges of economic growth and climate change, and is vigorously searching for a way forward that will allow for sustainable development as it begins to take advantage of a remarkably large store of natural resources.
With this context in mind the two day workshop was broadly divided into “special” and “technical” sessions. In the case of the former, the topics covered included Climate Hazards in the Gobi, Assessing agricultural resources in Mongolia, and Climate change adaptation in North east Asia.  The “technical” sessions, which focused on the technology of climate science included Integration of Remote Sensing and Geospatial Technology, Nano satellite and Cansat technology, Practicing Adaptation and Community Based Economic Innovation, and Natural Resources and Environmental Science. Additionally a special interview session was organized by RCCCA that brought together rural community leaders and local governmental agents from the Ministry of the Environment, to discuss the needs of the communities as seen from the perspective of daily life.  The combination of knowledge gained through objective technology-based remote sensing, as well as from interviews with local residents was particularly revealing. Problems clearly overlap at both scales.
The workshop covered a broad spectrum of topics; from global climate change and the impact of human activities, to community based adaptation, and from collaboration of rural communities with scientists and policy makers, to space engineering education and the integrated application of remote sensing and GIS technology.  Taken together the presentations painted a broad picture of the needs of the local communities and the nation in the face of climate change.  They also highlighted some of the gaps in policy and capacity in the face of the issues before them.  In general the most significant issue that needs to be addressed is the immense pressure to capitalize on the discovery and exploitation of natural resources. At the same time is it is very clear that the nation is struggling with climate issues that are causing severe hardship for the nomadic population of herders.  Economic and climate pressures are in turn contributing to an impressive migration of the nation’s population into its cities, which is leading directly to increased pollution in particular in the capital city of Ulaanbataar.  Some preliminary comments were offered that may help to ameliorate the severity of these changes but it is clear that further research, as well as development of capacity to carry out research, will be needed in order to take on climate change issues directly.  Future workshops and activities will hopefully elaborate on how that may happen in a more concrete way.
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
05 June 2013

Climate Change is one of the biggest problem currently faced in the world. It is an unavoidable threat to human development. Signs of global warming have become more obvious in the recent decades. The poor and the underprivileged nations are most likely to suffer the adverse impacts of climate changes since the majority of those communities depend on climate sensitive livelihoods such as agriculture and fisheries.

This changing system of climate further reduces the standards of living of the poor and makes it difficult to achieve the country’s goal of ‘sustainable development’. Hence, priority attention must be given to existing environmental degradation and the impeding threats of climate change as these pose risks to food security and poverty reduction. The Sri Lankan Government has reported to the UNFCC (report 2000) that the climate change would result in irreversible loss and damages to the country. Sri Lanka is experiencing the negative impacts in fishing industry with rising of temperature and also increasing duration and geographic coverage of droughts has impacted in reducing the agricultural production.

Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) has been contributing towards many humanitarian activities with special emphasis on disaster relief, risk reduction and development for more than seventy years. It is also actively involved in addressing the environmental issues such as climate change. It has been observed that, even though considerable efforts have been made both at the policy and programme level to address climate change issues by government and non-government actors, there are limited opportunities to share those good practices among them and interested communities of practice.

In order to fill this gap, the SLRCS is organizing this seminar to bring the practitioners and policy makers together to share and discuss the good practices and strategies for adapting to climate change. This Seminar will help the participants to further develop their capacities and understanding on climate change and disaster risks reduction technologies which will facilitate sharing, replicating and possible scaling-up of these practices. . The recommendations from the Seminar will be documented and disseminated to all levels with the intention of contributing to the ongoing National Adaptation Programme (NAP) process and strengthen community based adaptation (CBA) perspectives. In addition, SLRCS will disseminate a report which includes the proceedings and recommendations of the Seminar and strengthen the discussion for CBA.

For more information, please visit

BMICH, Colombo, Sri Lanka


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