What is Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change?

by Bettina Koelle & Wendy Annecke

We understand community based adaptation as an approach that is putting people in the centre of their own development, by facilitating a learning process that increases resilience and anticipatory capacity. It is not just a response to climate events and shocks, but rather a complex and holistic process that includes personal development and organizational development to ensure an enhanced problem solving capacity, and the capacity to anticipate events and plant so that future shocks are buffered.

Aiming at a positive vision instead of trying to preserve the (often undesirable) status quo is a positive approach to engage with vulnerable communities and to support their development path.