Engaging with communities on climate change adaptation

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<ul><li><p>Part of the BRE Trust</p><p>Engaging with communities on climate change adaptationMindy Hadi, BRE1st November 2016</p></li><li><p>Communities Living Sustainably (CLS)</p><p> Launched 2013 by Big Lottery </p><p> 12m to 12 Community Groups around the country</p><p> To build resilience to the environmental, economic and social impacts of a </p><p>changing climate.</p><p> To help vulnerable people to adapt to climate change.</p><p> To encourage behaviour change among individuals and communities </p><p> Co-ordinated by Groundwork UK Learning Partnership</p></li><li><p>CLS Process</p></li><li><p>Initial research 2014</p><p> Climate change resilience study highlighted a gap in activities in the area of climate change adaptation amongst CLS groups </p><p> Some examples of good practice, mainly focusing on flooding </p><p> Greater integration needed between community-led and statutory-led activities</p><p> Need for accessible information and resources inc. examples of practical activities for communities</p></li><li><p> Objectives: to explore the challenges faced by community groups in building climate resilience, identify support and resources and share lessons based on the activities of CLS communities</p><p> 4 work streams:</p><p> Stakeholder interviews and questionnaire to the 12 CLS groups Carrying out test bed workshops on climate change adaptation with </p><p>two groups A workshop in Feb 2016 with key stakeholders for input and </p><p>feedback Developing an Information Directory of guidance, case studies, </p><p>resources and tools for community groups</p><p> Summary key findings report of findings and lessons learned</p><p>2015/16 research programme</p></li><li><p>Survey of CLS Group Activities</p><p> On-line questionnaire developed and sent to all 12 CLS groups, project leads and other partners</p><p> Questionnaire covered: About you and your community Climate Change Adaptation in your community Awareness and use of information on Climate Change </p><p>Adaptation Gaining Community Buy-in Vulnerabilities CLS Community Resilience Test beds volunteers</p></li><li><p>Key Findings</p><p>0</p><p>2</p><p>4</p><p>6</p><p>8</p><p>10</p><p>12</p><p>Very Poor Poor Fair Good Very Good</p><p>Self-rated knowledge about climate change adaptation</p><p>Main concerns relating to climate change</p></li><li><p>Community interest</p><p>Barriers to community buy-inGreatest barrier to getting community buy-in on climate change is the challenge of developing long term response and maintaining interest</p></li><li><p>Vulnerable groups in your local area</p><p> People whose livelihoods are at risk (eg farmers, fishermen), </p><p> People who are on a low-income, low skilled</p><p> People in poor health</p><p> People in poor housing</p><p> Particular groups that face social exclusion Older people Single mothers People with English as a second language Recently arrived communities. Those living in isolated, rural areas</p><p>if for reasons of age, health, disability or severe financial insecurity, they are unable to safeguard their personal welfare or the personal welfare of other members of the household. Irwell Valley</p></li><li><p> Information directory for third sector and community organisations to help them to overcome barriers to resilience which can include lack of: Local, understandable information on Climate Change Resources for engagement and implementation support Knowledge of the most effective methods for them</p><p> Information overload!!</p><p> Written for non-experts ie simple, non- technical language, no jargon</p><p> Signposting of existing websites etc</p><p> Colour coded for easy navigation</p><p>Aims of the information directory</p></li><li><p>Information Directory</p><p>Community groups need examples &amp; tools</p><p> 2016 Information Directory:</p><p> Definitions</p><p> Relevant policy background</p><p> Role of community groups</p><p> Tools and Resources </p><p> Identifying vulnerabilities and risks</p><p> Identifying resources</p><p> Who can help</p><p> Case Studies </p></li><li><p>Case studies</p><p> Flooding and extreme weather are the two most common climate change risks faced by the CLS projects. </p><p> Current lack of visible community-led adaptation activity in UK.</p><p> Exemplar communities who are responding to the challenges of climate change by adopting adaptation measures eg preventing avoidable impacts through comprehensive preparation.</p><p> CLS funding enabled projects to engage with their community</p><p> Linked to challenges accessing vulnerable groups, fuel poverty, poor housing</p></li><li><p>Case study projects</p><p> Five projects selected to act as good practice case studies in the directory</p><p> All areas with high flood risk and experience of flooding: Sustain Eden, Cumbria Sustainable Sheppey, Kent CLS in Dorset One Planet Middlesbrough Irwell Valley Sustainable Communities, Salford</p></li><li><p>Measures and activities</p><p> Measures include: Developing area-specific action plans for extreme </p><p>weather events. Raising awareness through a wide variety of </p><p>means- workshops, schools, media etc Establishing means to support vulnerable groups </p><p>(e.g. people over 75, families with young children, people with disabilities, small businesses, carers) in the event of an emergency such as an extreme weather event</p><p> Collaborating on related projects across other community groups and statutory organisations to build resilience </p></li><li><p>Test beds</p><p> Two CLS projects Manor House PACT Closer Neighbourhoods Sustainable Sunderland</p><p> day workshop session with groups/partners Share information about Climate Change adaptation: what </p><p>does it mean at community level In depth discussion about climate change adaptation issues in </p><p>their community Try out some of the tools and guidance together eg Climate </p><p>Just tool Obtain feedback on directory, tools and session</p></li><li><p>Key Findings Report</p><p>To inform policy makers on supporting communities</p><p> Project Leader questionnaire responses</p><p> Information Directory</p><p> Test Bed Workshops</p><p> Feedback from partners</p><p> Stakeholder Workshop</p></li><li><p>Question and risk levels </p><p>List of Categories</p><p>Visual of progress within each category</p></li><li><p>Community Assessment Tool (CAT)</p><p>0</p><p>20</p><p>40</p><p>60</p><p>80</p><p>100</p><p>Climate Change &amp;Resilience</p><p>Community</p><p>Ecology &amp;Biodiversity</p><p>Governance</p><p>Local Economy</p><p>Resources</p><p>Transport &amp; Mobility</p><p>Wellbeing</p><p>Apr-12</p><p>Apr-14</p><p>May-16</p></li><li><p>Resilience theme lessons learned</p><p> Community groups are well placed to drive climate adaptation activities, particularly where these focus on vulnerable groups</p><p> Communities can be creative and innovative messengers</p><p> Local knowledge can adapt approaches in ways that are effective but difficult for national organisations</p><p> There are many opportunities for communities to deliver low-tech and low-cost interventions</p><p> Statutory bodies could be more creative in engaging community groups in their resilience planning activities</p></li><li><p>Lessons from wider project</p><p> Trusted community organisations can support wide-ranging behaviour change, including among groups not normally reached by environmental campaigns</p><p> Discussions about climate change and behaviour have to be rooted in real-life experiences relevant to the local context</p><p> You have to start where people are- existing activities</p><p> Holistic- making the links makes sense of interdependencies</p><p> Sustaining volunteer involvement is a challenge even with money available</p><p> It all takes longer than you think!!!!</p></li><li><p>Thank you!</p><p>http://www.centre4resilience.org/communities-living-sustainably/. </p></li></ul>