The Climate Report 2017/18 - Page 30



Towards
Transitioning
to Climate
Resilient
Communities
A cluster-based
ecosystem
approach from
India
This picture is taken in the tribal region of Paderu in the
Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh, India
BY AJITA TIWARI PADHI &
MYRON MENDES
indigenous communities whose age-old resilience is
increasingly being eroded within discriminate
exploitation of its scarce natural resources, namely
land, water and forests. Building community
resilience to Climate Change in the context of
future risks and vulnerabilities is therefore getting
more challenging by the day. The way forward that
we saw was to understand the current ecosystem
vulnerabilities and start to build responses to
address those “known” and “current” local
vulnerabilities with an eye on future vulnerabilities.
The climate crisis is upon us. It is real and it
demands that we respond urgently and effectively
in a socially just manner. The Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) considers India,
with its large agrarian population, to be acutely
vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. While
there is no doubt that we need to drastically bring
down our emissions to stay below the two degree
threshold, it is also equally important to help
communities adapt and further build resilience to
the impacts of Climate Change. This is particularly
vital for those communities who have been and are
the least carbon emitters. Climate change will
amplify the existing risks and create new risks for
natural and human systems and will be generally
greater for disadvantaged people and communities
(IPCC AR5, 2014). Laya-INECC (The Indian
Network on Ethics and Climate Change) has been
striving to go beyond only adaptation and promote a
long term vision and operationalization of a
community climate resilience framework. This
Resilience model is one that addresses the local
livelihood and productive needs of communities in
a way that promotes equity, inclusive growth and
climate-proof sustainable development.
SUSTAINABLE
FARMING
CLIMATEFRIENDLY
TECHNOLOGIES
Having related with diverse ecosystem within India,
we have developed an approach for resilience
building in one particular forest ecosystem of India.
The pocket is located in East Godavari District in
the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. This
ecosystem is characterized by the presence of
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INECC'S
APPROACH TO
BUILDING
CLIMATE
RESILIENT
COMMUNITIES
CLIMATE
CHANGE
EDUCATION

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