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Vulnerable communities: getting their needs and knowledge into climate policy

Poor and marginalised communities across the global South are hard hit by climate change. Their voices must be heard by policymakers, planners, researchers and donors involved in climate change negotiations and other global processes. Indeed, any deal agreed at the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will need to address vulnerable communities’ priorities and value their knowledge if viable national, regional and local adaptation strategies are to be implemented.

This briefing highlights six tried and tested strategies for overcoming the barriers to community involvement and for ensuring due emphasis to poor and marginalised people’s own adaptation needs and ideas for potential solutions.

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