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Climate Change: From Concepts to Action; A Guide for Development Practitioners

Climate Change: From Concepts to Action   

Climate change poses threats and opportunities to the rural poor. This guide

  • reviews the evidence of climate change,
  • introduces three strategies for dealing with climate change and
  • provides concrete ways to help the rural poor adapt.

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Who should read this guide?

This guide is for CRS leadership, staff and partners at the country level. Other development practitioners and policy makers should also find it useful.

What's in the guide?

Part 1 reviews some fundamental concepts that provide a foundation for working with a climate change perspective. It reviews the evidence for climate change, discusses potential causes and describes current understanding of climate change trends.

Part 2 introduces three broad strategies for dealing with climate change: adaptation to its effects; mitigation to slow the process of climate change; and adoption of climate-smart agriculture.

Part 3 focuses on concrete action to facilitate adaptation to climate change by the rural poor. It aims to foster skills that enable readers to advance work with communities threatened by climate change so that they can be more resilient in adapting to its risks. The action steps provide a structured and practical approach to developing better projects that include a climate change perspective—from analyzing the situation to proactively engaging with communities.

Publication details

Authors: Jacqueline Ashby and Douglas Pachico
Publisher: Catholic Relief Services (December 2012)
Booklet: 73 pages
Language: English
Dimensions: 5.83 x 8.27 inches

Posted on February 4, 2013

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