The first module of this Learning Alliance presented examples of how countries with arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs) address the challenges of climate change (CC) through adaptation, covering issues related to infrastructure, water resource management, food security, subsistence agriculture, biodiversity and migration. Although there were many successful examples and voices of optimism across these categories, findings from Module 1 show that current efforts to reduce socioeconomic vulnerability to existing climate variability in ASALs are falling short of what is needed. Furthermore, the long-term planning for these efforts is lagging behind the pace of the predicted climate change impacts. Thus, Module 2 will look at dynamic strategies and practices that strengthen rural adaptive capacity, specifically livelihood diversification, asset distribution, decentralized adaptation technologies, women’s empowerment within community decision-making, and the integration of indigenous knowledge into modern adaptation strategies.
ELLA. ELLA Learning Alliance on Climate Change Adaptation in Semi-arid and Arid Regions - Module 2: Strengthening Adaptive Capacity. ELLA, Practical Action Consulting, Lima, Peru (2014) 30 pp.