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2009 Mapping Fellowships
Mapping fellowships on rural communities adapting to climate change were given to five individuals covering Asia, Africa, the Americas, Europe and Australasia.
Background to the Mapping Fellowships
At the conclusion of the seminar for the adaptation to climate change fellowships of 2007 it was noted that many rural and indigenous communities are actually putting into place initiatives to adapt to climate change. However, many of these communities are not being identified nor are they sharing the lessons they are learning. It was therefore felt that a global mapping of communities needed to be commenced. There was wide agreement among seminar participants that the work undertaken to date should be deepened, widened, made publicly accessible, and that links should be created with other organisations and initiatives in the field. The point was well made that it is the poorest and most vulnerable individuals and communities in rural areas that suffer most from climate change impacts, and that some of these may well have the least capacity to adapt to those impacts. Therefore it is hoped that by continuing to work through the theme of ‘Rural Community Adaptation to Climate Change’ the Trust would also be dealing with issues of how to tackle rural poverty.
Mapping Fellowships – Outcomes and Outputs
The mapping fellowships were to ascertain the extent and scope of initiatives that are directly related to adaptation to climate change in rural areas.
- The studies prioritise initiatives that specifically explored the links between adaptation to climate change and rural areas.
- The studies provided basic summary documentation of the initiatives identified – location, owners/participants, aims, funders, and outputs etc. This information is now available on this website by clicking on the links to the case studies or by looking at the fellows reports in the publications area.
- At the end of the fellowship period a seminar was conducted with a variety of people from academia, Policy areas, Countryside organisations, the trustees and of course the fellows. A completed report combining the seminar report and the fellows reports will be available shortly. The individual fellows reports are now available.
Americas - Hilda Zara - case study - report
Africa - Franziska Mannke - case study - report
Australasia - Julia Gottwald - case study - report
Asia - Hayato Kobyashi - case study - report
Europe - Carol Kambites - case study - report