Climate Change

Building capacity on Community Based Adaptation (CBA) to climate change in islands

IUCN is currently engaged in adaptation strategies to climate change to build resilience of communities, ecosystems and resource-dependent livelihoods in the face of climate change. Geographically widely distributed islands are considered to be unique and valuable ecosystems that are threatened by the impacts of climate change. These threats affect islands´ ecosystem functioning, underpinning livelihoods and human wellbeing.

Introduction to resilience assessment as a tool for transforming social-ecological systems

The Resilience Alliance has published a workbook designed to enable practitioners and policy makers assess the resilience of "social-ecological systems" (landscapes, farms, fisheries, forests, water catchments) and enable strategic decision-making based on the best available knowledge of the state and dynamics of the system being managed.

From the ground to the cloud: Google mapping tools for conservation

Participants will gain hands-on technical training on Google mapping software tools “from the ground to the cloud.” You will learn how to use these tools to raise awareness, reach common understanding, and take action on conservation goals. Organizations that have successfully used these tools for conservation work will share best practices and success stories. This workshop is intended for technology specialists who have hands-on experience with mapping tools such as Google Earth, Google Maps, GIS, and remote sensing software.

Climate Change, REDD+ and Adaptation: Meeting Training Needs for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities

This day-long session will focus on sharing experiences and essential training techniques to fill the needs of Indigenous Peoples and local communities engaging in REDD+ and Adaptation planning. The morning session will begin with guided discussions assessing training needs and gaps to promote the engagement of indigenous peoples, local communities and other stakeholder groups in addressing climate change issues.

The Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring Network: Building a global network to inform conservation

In this knowledge cafe we discuss the role of the Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring (TEAM) Network in conserving tropical forests. With a global network of representative sites, TEAM partners have developed a standardized and cost-effective set of protocols to assess species trends and extinction risk, changes in land use, trends in extent and quality of natural habitats, and impacts of climate change and other human drivers on forest-dependent species and ecosystems.

Making benefit sharing work for forest dependent communities

Benefit sharing is an instrument for converting conservation financing into incentives for positive change at the national and subnational level. A country´s benefit sharing mechanism can determine who is involved in conservation activities. The way benefits are shared influences who bear costs, whether they are compensated, and what forms of incentives are available. While the establishment of an effective benefit sharing mechanism is achievable there are several key questions that need to be tackled beforehand, including:
• Who should benefit?

Impacts of climate change in coastal areas of Gujarat, India

The impact of climate change are more prominently observed and felt by Gujarat state. The paper aims to analyze impact of climate change on locals and adaptation needs.

Promoting sustainable farming practices: the use of a high nature value index (HNVI)

The “High Nature Value Environments” are "un-protected" areas in which the resources and processes in nature combine to supply us with life-supporting benefits. In these areas we are witnessing an increasing number of small farming systems. Our concern is with the legacy that such human presence will leave for future generations. This project created and tested a “High Nature Value Index” (HNVI) to assess the impact of hillside farming on ecological stability in the Northern Range.

International cooperation for the mitigation of adverse impacts of Asian Dust aerosols

The occurrence frequencies and the intensities of dust and sand storms (DSS) from many arid and semi-arid regions, including Northern China, Central Asia and Mongolia, are in the increasing trend due to the rapid desertification caused by different reasons, climate change and unsustainable land uses such as overgrazing, heavy farming, deforestation for other uses.

Operationalising Ecosystem Based Disaster Risk Reduction at national and sub-national levels

The conservation community makes significant contributions to disaster risk reduction (DRR) and livelihood security efforts, globally. However, such contributions are not widely communicated, recognised and invested in (especially by key humanitarian aid donors). The training course demonstrates the critical links between ecosystem management, DRR and climate change adaptation for policy makers, practitioners, donors and scientists. It also equips participants with concrete ecosystem management tools that can catalyse ecosystem based DRR.

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