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Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change

Scaling it up, 1st Edition

Edited by E. Lisa F. Schipper, Jessica Ayers, Hannah Reid, Saleemul Huq, Atiq Rahman


304 pages | 33 B/W Illus.

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As climate change adaptation rises up the international policy agenda, matched by increasing funds and frameworks for action, there are mounting questions over how to ensure the needs of vulnerable people on the ground are met. Community-based adaptation (CBA) is one growing proposal that argues for tailored support at the local level to enable vulnerable people to identify and implement appropriate community-based responses to climate change themselves.

Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change: Scaling it up explores the challenges for meeting the scale of the adaptation challenge through CBA. It asks the fundamental questions: How can we draw replicable lessons to move from place-based projects towards more programmatic adaptation planning? How does CBA fit with larger scale adaptation policy and programmes? How are CBA interventions situated within the institutions that enable or undermine adaptive capacity?

Combining the research and experience of prominent adaptation and development theorists and practitioners, this book presents cutting edge knowledge that moves the debate on CBA forward towards effective, appropriate, and ‘scaled-up’ adaptive action.


'As brought out clearly by the Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) of the IPCC and the recently completed Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation, the impacts of climate change will require adaptation as a response to the challenge of climate change. This book highlights the importance of community based adaptation measures provides a wealth of knowledge, such that society across the globe can deal with the impacts of climate change to the extent possible through appropriate adaptation measures rooted in the capacity and strengths of local communities.' – Dr Rajendra K Pachauri, Chair of IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change)

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction to Key Concepts 1. Up-scaling community-based adaptationL An introduction to the edited volume 2. Adaptive capacity 3. Adapting Development Part 2: Making it Happen: Tools and framewords for scaling up CBA 4. Economics of CBA 5. Sustainable Financing Mechanism for Upscaling CBA 6. How is community-based adaptation 'scaled up' in environmental risk assessment? Lessons from Ecosystem Based Adaptation 7. Scaling-up the use of tools for community-based adaptation: Issues and challenge 8. Agriculture, Local Resilience and Climate Prediction Services 9. Serious Fun: Scaling Up Community Based Adaptation through Experiential Learning Part 3: Scaling up CBA in sectors 10. Scaling Up Community Based Adaptation to Protect Community Health from Climate Change 11. Down Home it all Looks the Same: Building Synergisms between Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction (CBDRR) and Community-based Climate Change Adaptation (CBA) 12. Upscaling CBA in Agriculture 13. Community Participation in Urban Adaptation to Climate Change: Potential and Limits for CBA Approaches 14. Gender in Scaling up Community based Adaptation to Climate Change 15. When Disaster 16. The Role of Ecosystems in Climate Change Adaptation: Lessons fro Scaling Up

About the Editors

E. Lisa F. Schipper is an Associate at the Stockholm Environment Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.

Jessica Ayers is a Researcher with the Climate Change Group at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), UK.

Hannah Reid is a Consulting Researcher for the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), UK.

Saleemul Huq is a Senior Fellow with the Climate Change Group at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), UK.

Atiq Rahman is Executive Director of the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS), Bangladesh.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Environmental Economics
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy