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Building climate change adaptation on community experiences: lessons from community-based natural resource management in southern Africa

This publication, produced in collaboration with WWF Southern Africa, looks at how community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) can inform and contribute to climate change adaptation at the community level, specifically to community-based adaptation (CBA) to climate change. It provides a framework for analysing the two approaches at conceptual and practical levels. Using case studies from southern Africa, the publication demonstrates the synergies between CBA and CBNRM, most important of which are the adaptation co-benefits between the two. While local incentives have driven community action in CBNRM, it is the evolution of an enabling environment in the region, in the form of institutions, policies, capacity and collaboration which characterises the scaling up of CBNRM to national and regional levels.

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IIED is collaborating with WWF Zambia to study the linkages between community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) and climate change. Both partners are determining how best CBNRM can engage in climate change adaptation challenges. It is envisioned that this work will be used in the future plannign of climate change adaptation.

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