Knowledge is key to climate change adaptation policy: Lessons learned from five African countries?

Although climate change could be thought of as global phenomenon, its impacts are local. The experiences of communities across regions are diverse and the residual effects on livelihoods and the resources they depend on - complex. However, what adaptation to climate change means, how adaptive capacity can be buildt up requires a shift in the way development is approached. Further the understanding of adaptive capacity requires that a systems approach is adopted that moves away from only characterizing what a system has that may enable it to adapt, rather what the system does to enable it to adapt. This implies that adaptation to climate change is not only limited to knowledge of existing coping strategies, but also and most importantly, what other measures are necessary and sufficient to allow the livelihoods and the resources these are buidlt on - change/adapt towards resilience. This session will explore lessons through a narrative starting with planning for adaptation through to evaluation of adaptation actions. At the end of the session, there will be an opportunity to brainstorm and recieve feedback on potential areas of joint work.

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West and Central Africa
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