Vulnerability & Risks
In most of our communities, vulnerability is typically imbedded on three overlapping elements: exposure, sensitivity and adaptive capacity.
Based on the situation, there has been a growing interaction of Climate Change adaptation with pre-existing strategies to reduce vulnerability and build resilience. Our motivation is therefore receiving significant attention to embark on taking actions with other stakeholders, to bring together risk reduction measures. These will work on reducing social and economic vulnerability to natural and anthropogenic hazards as well as improved preparedness for adverse impacts of Climate Change by advocating and implementing community- based adaptation options.
As Climate Change impacts are intensifying with a fast-growing pace, adaptation strategies have been increasingly pointed out as among the significant efforts aiming to reduce vulnerability to adverse impacts. The natural environmental changes occurring now and those to happen in the future, have been broadly recognized. And in order to retain sustainable livelihood societies they will need to adapt.
Therefore, adaptation strategies should not only remain to be a novel concept, but a significant action to the Climate Change response fields. Adaptations in human communities are closely associated with adaptive capacity and vulnerability in most of our communities. We are committed to demonstrate adaptation options that focuse on addressing differential exposure and sensitivity of communities to Climate Change challenges and building adaptive capacities in communities to deal with the effects or risks associated with the exposures.
Loss and damage
Climate Change impacts are increasingly causing loss and damage (L&D), hence taking path beyond adaptation efforts. L&D is therefore part of the reality of Climate Change and must be addressed. Loss is often understood as irreversible, while damages can be repaired.
If the planet undergoes 2°-3°C of warming, 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 of this approach is to develop awareness raising as well as mechanisms for community and government authority’s fostering 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 are 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 sea level rise 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.
Our focus is on coastal issues by conducting research studies and introducing effective adaptation options for sustainable management of coastal ecosystems and coastal community wellbeing, considering the current and the expected future scenarios as this trend is still on the rise.