The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Biodiversity

WWF Climate Crowd: Crowdsourcing human responses to climate change

What do climate change, wildlife, rural communities around the world, and collaborations between WWF and organizations like the Peace Corps have in common? WWF Climate Crowd!

Far removed from decision-making bodies and financial resources, rural communities are often left to their own devices to cope and adapt to changes in weather and climate. Indigenous, local and traditional knowledge systems could be a very useful tool for adapting to climate change, but these have not been used consistently in existing efforts. Additionally, most research has focused on the direct impacts of climate change on biodiversity, but largely neglected how human responses to climate change are impacting biodiversity.

WWF Climate Crowd is a new initiative to crowdsource information on how these communities are responding and how their responses impact biodiversity. We are collaborating with other organizations to collect this data, find and implement ways to better help communities adapt, and alter our conservation strategies in light of the information we gather.

To find out more on this new initiative, tune in to an upcoming webinar: Wednesday, May 11 at 10am EST
Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7128597151218086916 Read More...
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Seeking case studies and information sources that demonstrate the role of biodiversity in disaster risk reduction

Together with the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and the Japanese Biodiversity Fund, IUCN is conducting assessments to document practical examples of how biodiversity contribute to disaster risk reduction (DRR). More details on the project can be found here.

Six Regional assessments are being carried out simultaneously in these regions:

1) Asia
2) South America
3) Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean
4) Oceania
5) Eastern and Southern Africa
6) West and Central Africa

If you are working on initiatives or have information and case studies that demonstrate the role of biodiversity in disaster risk reduction, please get in touch with Fabiola Monty, providing a brief description of the case study. If relevant for the assessments, you will be provided with additional guidelines (expected content, number of words and deadlines) Relevant case studies will be included in one of the regional assessment reports that will be circulated as from beginning of May 2016 and will be considered for inclusion in a global synthesis planned for July 2016. Read More...
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Balancing hydropower and biodiversity in the Amazon, Congo, and Mekong

The world's most biodiverse river basins—the Amazon, Congo, and Mekong—are experiencing an unprecedented boom in construction of hydropower dams. These projects address important energy needs, but advocates often overestimate economic benefits and underestimate far-reaching effects on biodiversity and critically important fisheries. Powerful new analytical tools and high-resolution environmental data can clarify trade-offs between engineering and environmental goals and can enable governments and funding institutions to compare alternative sites for dam building. Read More...
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