Exchanging knowledge, sharing lessons and raising awareness in East Africa

Adaptation knowledge-sharing among Kenyan communities © Edward Perry

In Kenya, 18 communities from across the nation meet annually to exchange experiences and learn new strategies for coping with climate change at Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs). Through collective learning and training, the network has developed a climate mitigation and adaptation strategy for addressing climate change that they are implementing across Kenya. 

Ecosystem-based adaptation will often be the first line of defence against the impacts of climate change for the most vulnerable people. Poor communities tend to be seen as helpless victims of climate change. But while they are often hit hardest, in many instances they are also the innovators and instigators of practical nature-based solutions that are accessible, cost-effective and locally appropriate.

Community risk assessments are recognized as useful tools in identifying vulnerabilities and finding solutions for communities exposed to the threats of climate change (van Aalst et al. 2008). NatureKenya (BirdLife Partner in Kenya) has assisted in the development of a Local Community Group Climate Change Strategy that will aid the future management of 19 IBAs across the country. Vulnerable communities developed community adaptation plans through a participatory approach, focusing on conservation, restoration and the sustainable use of natural resources to reduce their vulnerability to environmental change. Nature Kenya will provide on-going support for the implementation of ecosystem based adaptation across the country.

This case study is taken from ‘The Messengers: What birds tell us about threats from climate change and solutions for nature and people’. To download the report in full click here. 


van Aalsta, M. K., Cannon, T. and Burton, I. (2008) Community level adaptation to climate change: the potential role of participatory community risk assessment. Global Environ. Chang. 18: 165–179.

Compiled: 2015    Copyright: 2015   

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