adaptation and Vulnerability assessment
Vulnerability & Risks
In most of our communities, vulnerability is typically imbedded on three overlapping elements namely exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity. Based on the situation, there have been a growing interaction of climate change adaptation with pre-existing strategies to reduce vulnerability and build resilience. Building on that momentum, our motivation is therefore receiving significant attention to embark on taking actions with other stakeholders, to bring together risk reduction measures as a way of reducing social and economic vulnerability to natural and anthropogenic hazards, and improved preparedness for adverse impacts of climate change and by advocating and implementing community based adaptation options
As climate change impacts has intensified with a fast growing pace, adaptation strategies has been increasingly pointed out as among the significant efforts that aim to reduce vulnerability to adverse impacts. The natural environmental changes occurring now and those projected to happen in the future, has been broadly recognized and in order to retain sustainable livelihood societies will need to adapt. This is why adaptation strategies should not only remain to be a novel concept, but a significant action to the climate change responses fields. With the idea that adaptations in human communities are closely associated with, and reflective of, adaptive capacity and vulnerability in most of our communities, we are committed demonstrate adaptation options that focuses on addressing differential exposure and sensitivity of communities to climate change challenges, taking into account, building adaptive capacities of those communities to deal with the effects or risks associated with the exposures.
Loss and damage
Climate change impacts are increasingly causing Looses and damages (L & D), hence taking path beyond adaptation efforts. L & D is therefore now part of the reality of climate change, and must be addressed. It should be noted that Loss is often understood as irreversible, while damages can be repaired. If the planet undergoes 2°-3°C of warming, which is a possibility with current national climate pledges – known as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) from the Paris Agreement, the scale of L & D will be catastrophic to the vulnerable communities. Based on the UN climate regime as resulted from the Warsaw International Mechanism on Loss and Damage (WIM), we are working on a range of issues related to Loss and damage. The idea behind this approach is to develop awareness raising, community and government authority’s engagement mechanism for a resilient and participatory community on tackling the climate induced loss and damage across levels and scales.
Increased rates of the current and future coastal erosion is drawing significant attention and concern on policy and decision makers, environment and climate change practitioners, including the civil society and the general public especially on the increasing rate of seal level rice and related impacts. Salinity increase in fresh water, loss of productive land for agriculture and settlements, are among the threats posing challenges in integrating coastal community’s sustainable and resilient livelihoods. It is however important to note that, our focus is based on the coastal issues by conducting research studies and introducing effective adaptation options for sustainable management of coastal ecosystems and coastal community wellbeing, taking into account the current and the expected future scenarios as this trend is still on the rise.