Activities

Community work for climate change adaptation

Many SIDS communities face growing disaster-related challenges, including the adverse impacts of climate change. Sea level rise, storm surges, coastal erosion, limited water resources, and changes to the frequency and characteristics of extremes are amongst the challenges facing SIDS. Meanwhile, adaptation is gaining more and more ground in the international climate change negotiations forming a comprehensive institutional framework.

Stavros Mavrogenis learning from Tongan women about their community work for climate change adaptation.
Stavros Mavrogenis learning from Tongan women about their community work for climate change adaptation.

The slow pace of the international negotiations should not be a hindrance for practitioners and academics to develop new methodological tools for supporting adaptation in SIDS coastal communities, especially regarding bottom-up adaptation combined with external support when needed.

This work aims at producing a critical assessment of different tools and methodologies for adaptation tools available to the SIDS. It incorporates fieldwork to identify, design, implement, and monitor community-based projects related to climate change in order to highlight key challenges and ways forward in climate change adaptation for SIDS communities. Another goal is to assess various adaptation tools available for SIDS by ground-truthing them in various locations in SIDS, especially connecting scales and understanding what vulnerability and adaptation mean to people in communities as opposed to higher scales such as national/regional NGOs and international negotiators.