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Springing back: climate resilience at Africa’s grassroots

Sonja Vermeulen, Krystel Dossou (OFEDI) Duncan Macqueen, Dominic Walubengo (Forest Action Network), and Everhart Nangoma (EU)

Opinion paper, 2 pages

Climate change is often seen as a global problem demanding global solutions. But for poor people hit hard by the impacts, climate change is a not a boardroom abstraction, but day-to-day reality. Faced with local shifts in weather patterns and natural resources, they are forced to find ways of coping that are locally relevant. This kind of experience, gained at the grassroots, boosts resilience as no top-down initiative can.

Three case studies from rural communities in Benin, Kenya and Malawi show how it is done.

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