Voices from the Frontline of 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

Palm trees planted by Kadir's brother

Abdul Kadir leads local efforts to replant trees to regain livelihoods in Bangladesh

In Gabura Union, Bangladesh, we meet Abdul Kadir, a tree enthusiast who plants trees to create new livelihood opportunities and enhance natural ecosystems in his community. This is the fifth of the 'Voices from the Frontline (Phase-II)' stories by ICCCAD and GRP.

Lucy Lemashisha – The face of resilience for Kenya’s Maasai Community

In Kajiado County, Kenya, we meet Lucy Lemashisha who coordinates women community empowerment activities to save her Maasai community from marginalization and improve food security. This is the fourth of the 'Voices from the Frontline (Phase-II)' stories by ICCCAD and GRP.

Tanzania: Beekeeping for sustainable livelihoods and climate resilience

In the Singida region in Tanzania, we meet Sophie who leads the Mashujaa women’s group in diversifying their livelihoods. This is the third of the 'Voices from the Frontline (Phase-II)' stories by ICCCAD and GRP.

Tanzania: Horticulture farming in the midst of climate change impacts

In the Singida region in Tanzania, we meet Amani Saidi Mwangu, an onion and tomato farmer who defies climate change to secure his livelihood. This is the second of the ‘Voices from the Frontline (Phase-II)‘ stories by ICCCAD and GRP.

Nigeria: Nasreen Al-Amin and her organisation are building greener communities through locally-led adaptation

In Kano, Nigeria, a youth-led organisation is building resilience of local communities through a forest restoration project. Azeez Abubakar reports. This is the first of the ‘Voices from the Frontline (Phase-II)‘ stories by ICCCAD and GRP.