Sustainable livelihoods and climate change adaptation

Participating communities implemented a package of mutually supportive sustainable livelihoods activities that fell under four broad categories: (a) awareness and institution building, (b) training, (c) rangeland rehabilitation and improvement, and (d) community development activities. Preliminary results exceeded original expectations, as over 700 ha of rangeland was improved and properly managed - far exceeding the 100 ha goal. Moreover, community training and development activities diversified local production systems so that pressure on marginal lands was reduced, thereby ensuring sustained success of project activities. Local livelihoods had been enhanced and communities were better equipped to cope with a range of stresses, including drought. Recognising the relevance of the pilot project's success to climate change adaptation, SEI-B and HCENR researchers returned to some of the original project communities to further understand the nature and enabling factors behind this success.

IUCN, IISD, SEI-B and Intercooperation, 2004: Sustainable livelihoods and climate change adaptation. International Institute for Sustainable Development,

Reacting to climate events

Strong link made by authors

Strong link made by authors

Climate event




Sustainable development


Low cost


Local action only

Near term


Consistent with poverty reduction

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