How Developing Countries Are Tackling the Impact of Climate Change

2:00 PM, Saturday 15 Apr 2017 (2 hours)
Swan Room, Black
Adaptation to climate change did not receive much attention in the first years of the international climate change studies, where there was more focus on mitigation and impacts, but adaptation has recently been covered more extensively due to the increasing vulnerability of some countries. Adaptation is a science that is growing rapidly all over the world. It is less about technology and instead about human organisation and institutional reactions to dealing with a problem rather than technical fixes. Looking at the ‘problem’ of climate change to solutions based-adaptation, surprisingly it is the poorer countries that are most affected by climate change but are taking action and learning more.

In Bangladesh, for example, over one million hectares of land in the coastal areas are affected by salinity due to increased flooding caused by climate change, meaning that traditional rice crops are unable to grow. In response, the government has invested millions of dollars into rice research, which has enabled scientists to develop a saline tolerant variety in order to increase food production. This presentation shows some examples of tackling climate change through innovative ideas and learning by doing. Most of this project is community oriented. The problems are defined by the community and solutions come from the community. Experts work as a catalyst. The initiative also facilitates dialogue between communities and the local government to ensure that the good practices piloted by the community.