Climate Change Adaption Tools for Island Communities

By presenting local and regional conservation results, we will demonstrate the importance of informing and empowering communities to make sound decisions about improving the resilience and adaptive capacity of the ecosystems on which they depend for their livelihoods. MCT and its partners developed the Climate Change Adaptation Toolkit to address key challenges faced by communities carrying out adaptation activities. It communicates climate changes concepts and science in a manner accessible to community members, with a focus on ensuring community leaders have the information, understanding, and tools to lead adaption planning. This toolkit has received international recognition for filing a gap between scientific knowledge and community understanding. An increasingly popular adaptation tool is the vulnerability assessment, which examines the exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity of natural or cultural resource to climate change. PICCC is working across a broad partnership to refine existing vulnerability assessment approaches, explicitly connect the tool to resources managers and communities, and address the unique biocultural context of Pacific Island communities carrying out adaptation activities where multiple climatic and non-climatic threats to biodiversity exist. TNC is evaluating the viability of conservation trust funds worldwide as an innovative finance tool to sustain adaptation efforts. Over the coming months, MCT, with the support of TNC, will undertake the process of becoming a National Implementing Entity for trust funds. Lessons learned from this process will aid Governments and others around the world aiming to secure financial sustainability for adaptation activities. We will combine lessons learned from these three efforts to present a comprehensive approach to engaging communities in climate change adaption, followed by a facilitated dialog with workshop participants on how it can be replicated in island/coastal communities worldwide.

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