Mainstreaming climate change adaptation through community based planning

The integration of climate change adaptation and adaptive capacity issues within development processes is now a central issue for development policy and practice. Climate Change adaptation is a dynamic field of activity, with lessons emerging all the time. Community based adaptation plan is prepared at local level by involving multi-stakeholder team including the vulnerable communities. It involves decentralized and bottom up planning process. The proposed planning process would identify adaptation needs at the local level that focuses on reducing local-level climate risk and vulnerabilities and ways of increasing resilience. It would also focus on strengthening mechanisms for ensuring consolidated and coordinated adaptation responses at local levels through the existing planning process. Moreover, mainstreaming climate change adaptation into existing local development planning particularly at the district and village levels is important to ensure a bottom-up perspective to climate resilience development pathways.

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