Published | 14th January 2014

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Community-Based Adaptation: Managing Uncertainty

An economic evaluation of community-based adaptation in Dakoro, Niger

Climate change adaptation is one of the top priorities for developing countries. In the face of climate change, development policy will need to embed adaptation in its core development strategies. One of the key approaches is community-based adaptation, thought to be highly effective for the following reasons:

  • Through co-definition and co-design of adaptation strategies with communities there is increased uptake and viability of adaptation strategies because communities develop a strong sense of ownership.
  • By enhancing communities’ awareness and understanding of climate change and uncertainty, communities are able to create responsive plans and make decisions with greater flexibility and relevance.
  • By embedding new knowledge and understanding into community structures, the existing structures and institutional mechanisms are expanded and strengthened. In turn, this is a key driver for individuals to flexibly adapt to change and for collective structures to adjust to unexpected changes in an environment of uncertainty.

This research aimed to test to what extent community-based adaptation is an efficient and effective strategy for building resilience and adaptive capacity.

It uses an extended Social Cost-Benefit Analysis (SCBA) to compare and contrast the benefits and investment of CARE International’s Adaptation Learning Programme (ALP) in Dakoro, Niger.


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