In the developing world, climate change is already being felt by the poorest and most vulnerable communities. As the climate becomes less predictable and extreme weather events become more frequent, there is a clear and urgent need for support that will help these communities in their efforts to prepare for, and adapt to, the changing conditions.
This support is needed at the local level as well as the national, and must be framed by appropriate policy that secures real benefits for those most at risk. ‘Community-based adaptation’ (CBA) was first developed in the late 1990s. Since then it has been extensively piloted by the NGO community to analyse and understand the impacts of climate change.
Today, it is vital that development practice on the ground, as well as the knowledge and capacity of those most affected, keeps pace with lessons that have emerged from more than a decade of action and research.Written by practitioners and researchers with first-hand knowledge of Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, findings reflect on experiences of CBA in practice to frame lessons for adaptation planning in developing countries and deepen understanding of CBA among researchers, students and practitioners with an interest in climate change adaptation.