This website was created by the Climate Change Adaptation in Africa (CCAA) research and capacity development program, as part of a communication initiative to share the results of some 43 research projects supported by CCAA in 30 African countries over the past 6 years. The CCAA was established in 2006 and is jointly funded by Canada’s International Development Research Center (IDRC) and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID). Its aim is to improve the capacity of African people, organizations and countries to adapt to climate change in ways that benefit the most vulnerable. The initiative is hosted and managed by IDRC from headquarters and three regional offices in Africa.
The site will feature the stories of Africa’s resilient farmers, pastoralists, fishers and livestock producers – women and men who are adapting to the harsh realities of climate variability, extremes and change across the continent. It will highlight scientific innovation achieved through participatory action research involving those most affected as central agents of change. A central message emerging from these stories is that credible science and hard evidence cannot be divorced from the process of engaging social groups. Knowledge is in and of itself an evolutionary process – one that involves co-generation and co-learning. To catalyze behaviour change and build adaptive capacities, science must be harnessed in its biophysical and social context.
The site is being developed in phases. The current iteration features 10 stories from around Africa that demonstrate how communities are grappling with the adaptation challenge, demonstrating resilience. Additional stories emanating from the rich body of research supported by the CCAA will be posted to the site shortly.
The site will also feature stories and blogs from four African Climate Media Fellows supported by the CCAA, nominated by the African Network of Environmental Journalists (ANEJ). The four have extensive experience in reporting on climate change issues, and they will be providing a unique perspective on Africa’s adaptation challenges from field visits as well as key conferences – including the 1st Climate Change and Development for Africa Conference (CCDA-I, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 14-17 October 2011) and the 17th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP17, Durban, South Africa, 28 November to 9 December 2011).
The CCAA is also collaborating with award-winning A24 Media to produce a series of short films based on the adaptation stories featured on this site. The films are being shot on location in Ethiopia, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania, and will be accessible for free download from this site. They will also be broadcast across Africa and beyond via ‘Africa Journal’, a weekly news magazine show produced by A24 Media.
This site has been developed in collaboration with and is hosted by AfricaAdapt, an independent bilingual network, supported by the CCAA, whose aim is to facilitate the flow of climate change adaptation knowledge for sustainable livelihoods between researchers, policy makers, civil society organizations and communities who are vulnerable to climate variability and change across the continent.
This site has been developed in collaboration with AfricaAdapt, an independent bilingual network (French/English) whose aim is to facilitate the flow of climate change adaptation knowledge for sustainable livelihoods between researchers, policy makers, civil society organizations and communities who are vulnerable to climate variability and change across the continent.