Voices from the Frontline on Locally-led Adaptation

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The impacts of global climate change threaten societies, economies and ecosystems differently with varied magnitude, intensity and interact with other risks. Such adverse effects are manifested at the local level, threatening future resilience. Deep-rooted poverty, historical injustice and marginalisation further deteriorate their situation. But at the same time, local communities and institutions are at the frontline dealing, facilitating and implementing climate change adaptation measures. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has once again revealed the capabilities of local actors in building resilience against all odds. Local communities and their networks that are in the frontline have self-organised to combat the spread of the virus and support those most vulnerable to shocks and stresses.

In order to accumulate and learn from locally-led resilience-building approaches in tackling the impacts of COVID-19, ICCCAD together with CDKN and GRP initiated the Voices from the Frontline (Phase-I) blog series back in May 2020.

The Voices from the Frontline blog series has been tested and widely recognized as an effective tool to capture local stories. Such in-depth virtual interview-based stories have not only helped accumulate immediate community responses, best practices and important lessons but also in developing a solid database of local change-makers all over the world. Publication of the stories has also created an avenue for peer learning and global outreach. For phase II, the project goes beyond COVID-19 and gathers and disseminates stories of locally-led adaptation (LLA) and resilience.

The objective of the project is to accumulate, learn from and disseminate locally-led adaptation stories to build evidence base for the deeper shifts needed to build community resilience in the face of climate change.

Phase II Stories

Biftu Beri – The rising morning sun for climate-vulnerable women from Kumbi Kebele

The women of Kumbi Kebele community in Ethiopia have learned to battle climate change impacts to their livelihoods through leveraging loan and saving associations and cooperatives. This is the thirteenth of the “Voices from the Frontline (Phase II)” stories by GRP and ICCCAD.

Trees of hope: How Kurna people planted trees to adapt to the climate crisis

The members of the Kurna Community are addressing climate change impacts by using nature-based solutions such as afforestation. This is the twelfth of the ‘Voices from the Frontline (Phase-II)’ stories by ICCCAD and GRP.

Promoting Indigenous Knowledge to strengthen community led adaptation 

Smallholder farmers in the Umzingwane district from the southern part of Zimbabwe are taking up locally-led initiatives and indigenous knowledge to adapt to unpredictable climate patterns. This is the eleventh of the ‘Voices from the Frontline (Phase-II)’ stories by ICCCAD and GRP.

From debt cycle to self-resilience: A Story from the small village of Datinakhali

In Datinakhali, Bangladesh, a cooperative savings fund is helping local women diversify their livelihoods to adapt to climate change. This is the tenth of the ‘Voices from the Frontline (Phase-II)’ stories by ICCCAD and GRP.

Banishanta, Bangladesh: Local weathercasters combat climate change

In the south-western coastal region of Bangladesh, people of Banishanta village have formed a local weather club to make informed decisions in the face of a changing climate. This is the ninth of the ‘Voices from the Frontline (Phase-II)’ stories by ICCCAD and GRP.