• Lead-organizer: ActionAid International
  • 13:30 - 15:00
  • Date: 18 Jun 2012
  • Room: P3-8

Promote Adaptation by Reducing Vulnerability and Increasing Resilience

Organizing partners

ActionAid, COEP, FASE, Working group of Poverty and Inequality of the Brazilian Forum of Climate Change


The main purpose of this workshop is to present the need to invest in public policies and in practices from smallholder farmers on adaptation in order to build resilience to face climate changes. The workshop will launch an international database of experiences and practices on adaptation from different smallholder farmers around the world, which aims to share experiences so that others can replicate or adapt these practices into their contexts. There will be also a community leader to explain how the practice empowered the community to face the climate change maintaining or improving their production and lives.

Detailed programme

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges for countries and populations at the present and its environmental and social impacts contribute to the violation of human rights, in particular to the worsening of situations of environmental injustice. People living in poverty are more vulnerable to the consequences of extreme weather because they dwell in slums and face the lack of resources (financial, institutional, organizational, etc.) to deal with these phenomena.
Adaptation and vulnerability are fundamentally connected, and therefore adaptation to climate change should not be an end in itself, nor understood only in terms of consequences, but also of the causes of the problem. It should be part of an overall public policy of reducing vulnerability and promoting sustainable development.
In this sense, facing climate change and promoting climate justice is extremely important to develop local, regional or national adaptation plans, addressing the impacts related to climate change combining equally prevention, adaptation, resilience and mitigation.
Recent research shows that already exist in some countries, examples of adaptation plans that consider the connection between the concept of vulnerability and explicitly socioeconomic inequalities such as poverty and lack of access to resources in general.
Likewise, there are being developed or already existing strategies, experiences and adaptation projects in several areas, such as smallholder farming and livestock production, agro-ecology, agroforestry, combating desertification, biodiversity conservation, water management, food security and nutrition, etc..
Since 2009, the Working Group on Climate Change, Poverty and Inequality of the Brazilian Forum on Climate Change has developed several initiatives to include this issue in national discussions. Surveys were performed, position papers at both COP15 and 16 were submitted to the federal government with the principles and guidelines for the establishment of an Adaptation Plan as a contribution to the GT a National Adaptation Plan, within the framework of National Policy Climate Change.
Taking another step to expand the discussion of the topic adaptation, resilience and climate in the various national sectors and other countries, this group offers the workshop "Promoting Adaptation by reducing vulnerability and increasing resilience".
The workshop will present experiences from Brazil and other countries on plans and / or experiences of human adaptation to the impacts of climate change.
Aiming to address the Rio + 20, the workshop will discuss demands for governments to take over the negotiations to support initiatives, practices and experiences that increase the resilience of vulnerable populations, reducing therefore the number of people suffering from poverty.
Thematic Focus: Climate Change ? Adaptation ? Resilience
? Harjeet Singh ? ActionAid International Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Adaptation Coordinator
? Luiz Pinguelli Rosa - Secretário Executivo do Fórum Brasileiro de Mudanças Climáticas
? Representative from FASE National
? Community leadership from Kenya (TBC)
During the seminar, there will be the launch of an international database of experiences and practices on adaptation, which will support the dissemination and the interchange of practices. It will also call for Rio+20 to reinforce the need to invest in public policies on adaptation through already existing experiences from smallholder farmers and local communities, as a way to empower and reduce the number of vulnerable people and to build and strengthen resilience.
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