Published | 22nd February 2016

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Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction and Adaptation to Climate Change in Niger: Practitioner Brief 2

This brief describes a climate-integrated Community-based Early Warning System implemented by the Adaptation Learning Programme (ALP) in Dakoro, Niger. Integration of Community-based adaptation and disaster risk reduction (DRR) is important in a context of chronic vulnerability, recurring emergencies and increasingly unpredictable and extreme weather events associated with climate change. The brief provides a rationale for the early warning approach, including an overview of the associated benefits and challenges, as well as the key practical elements and lessons learned through implementation.

The purpose of this Practitioner Brief is not to provide a blueprint for integrating community-based adaptation and disaster risk reduction, but to invite expansion and modification – based on lessons learned by ALP about its strengths and gaps, as well as different experiences and innovations in other contexts. It also aims to provide organisations implementing community-based early warning and action or community based adaptation in Niger and elsewhere in Africa with greater clarity and practical insights for integrating a climate perspective. It is designed for CBA practitioners, including local government representatives, civil society organisations (CSOs) and other actors working on climate change and DRR issues at the local level. It will also be useful for policy makers and donors engaged in planning and allocation of resources for adaptation action.

For more information about the community based early warning system in Niger read our blog explaining how the system works and how it is increasing the resilience of vulnerable households.

This brief is also available in French.

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