To reduce people’s vulnerability to climate change, CARE focuses on building the adaptive capacity of individuals and communities: the capacity to adjust behaviors, practices, lifestyles and livelihood strategies in response to climate changes and its impacts. CARE’s approach to adaptation focuses on targeted community-based adaptation projects and integrating climate change adaptation into our work in climate-sensitive sectors. Adaptation is critical to protecting millions of poor and marginalized people who are at risk of losing their lives and livelihoods as a result of climate change.

We call Community-Based Adaptation (CBA) projects our interventions with the primary objective to improve the capacity of local communities to adapt to climate change. CARE places particular emphasis on building the adaptive capacity of women and girls. Effective CBA requires an integrated approach that combines traditional knowledge with innovative strategies that not only address current vulnerabilities, but also build people’s resilience to face uncertainties and challenges.

CARE continues to significantly ramp up its action on climate change adaptation, particularly following the IPCC Special Report on 1.5°C. The report highlights the multiple sustainable development benefits of adaptation action, including in synergy with poverty reduction efforts and other key elements of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In our climate action, we always take the rationale that when the poorest and most vulnerable – often women and girls and their communities in developing countries – are put at the center of solutions and are viewed as agents of change rather than as victims of climate impacts, adaptation can significantly reduce the risks from climate disruption. Only by addressing underlying drivers, such as unequal power relations and access to decision-making, can vulnerable people identify and implement the adaptation solutions that serve their needs best.

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Adaptation Good Practice Checklist

The Adaptation Good Practice Checklist provides guidance on actions and criteria which help to ensure that adaptation results in quality, impactful and long-term climate resilience for the most vulnerable people.

Community-Based Adaptation in Practice

This paper documents CARE’s current practice of Community-Based Adaptation (CBA) to climate change and shows how, increasingly, elements of the approach are evolving and being integrated into other development sectors. This synthesis of 16 CBA project examples from Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean informs an ongoing process to update CARE’s various tools and approaches to CBA for practitioner use.

CVCA Handbook

The Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis (CVCA) is a tool used to gather and analyze information on community-level vulnerabilities to and capacities for climate change. It informs the identification of actions, at the community level or more broadly, that support communities in increasing their resilience to climate change.

Joint Principles for Adaptation

The Joint Principles for Adaptation (JPA) is a statement by civil society organizations from across the world, created under the Southern Voices on Adaptation Program, on what they consider to be a benchmark for good adaptation planning and implementation. It is a tool for ensuring that national policies and plans meet the needs and fulfill the rights of the most vulnerable people to adapt to climate change.

Practical Guide to Participatory Scenario Planning

Participatory Scenario Planning (PSP) for seasonal climate forecast decision making is an approach to collaborative design and delivery of seasonal user-centered climate information services developed by CARE International’s Adaptation Learning Program (ALP). The PSP approach has been documented and implemented in Kenya, Ghana and Niger through ALP, and adopted by the Agriculture Sector Development Support Programme (ASDSP) in all 47 counties in Kenya and by CARE and other organizations in a total of 12 countries. Based on this popular demand and the recommendations from an impact assessment of PSP, CARE developed a detailed practical guide to support knowledge and quality implementation, and to upscale PSP.