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Climate Change

CARE Poverty, Environment and Climate Change Network – www.careclimatechange.org

„Climate change is worsening the plight of those hundreds of millions men, women and children who already live in extreme poverty – and it threatens to push hundreds of millions more people into similar destitution. A concerted international response to this unprecedented challenge is required if we are to avoid catastrophic human suffering.“ Dr. Robert Glasser, Secretary General, CARE International.

CARE´s response to Climate Change
CARE takes a people-centred approach to adaptation. This entails practical strategies to reduce disaster risks, as well as risks associated with less predictable rainfall, shifting disease vectors, etc. CARE works with local organisations to promote more resilient livelihoods (through agricultural innovations, the revitalisation of traditional knowledge and diversification) and tackle the underlying causes of vulnerability (through capacity development, social mobilization and advocacy).

CARE Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis Handbook
The Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis (CVCA) methodology helps us to understand the implications of climate change for the lives and livelihoods of the people we serve. By combining local knowledge with scientific climate information, the process builds people’s understanding about climate risks and adaptation strategies. The CVCA Handbook provides an overview of the methodology, as well as practical guidance for using it in the design and implementation of adaptation actions.

Humanitarian Implications of Climate Change
Human-induced climate change is affecting patterns of extreme weather across the globe, resulting in higher risk of humanitarian disasters. This is especially true in areas where there already are high levels of human vulnerability concludes a new report entitled Humanitarian Implications of Climate Change: Mapping emerging trends and risk hotspots, which was carried out by CARE International, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and Maplecroft.

Climate Change and Displacement: Hotspots – predictions and action
A recent study using mapping techniques to analyze vulnerability over the next 20 to 30 years highlights potential ‚hotspots‘ and offers insights for mitigating the effects.

Reducing CARE’s environmental footprint
Human-related emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases are triggering climate change. Many non-governmental organizations (NGOs), especially those concerned with environmental conservation, have long recognized the need to take direct action. Citing concerns about safeguarding institutional legitimacy and credibility, as well as a desire to „do the right thing,“ many have sought to minimize their greenhouse gas emissions.

Participants of the October 2007 CARE & Carbon Workshop resolved to take immediate steps to minimize emissions and move towards and eventually achieve neutrality through multiple benefit offset projects. This report provides CARE with the information it needs to debate and develop appropriate internal emissions reductions strategies. As a non-profit organization, a leader in civil society, and an advocate for policy change, CARE faces a unique set of ethical and administrative challenges. Yet CARE’s stature also presents it with an exceptional opportunity to lead by example.

Southern Voices on Climate Policy Choices
Analysis of and lessons learned from civil society advocacy on climate change
This report is the first joint product of the Southern Voices Capacity Building Programme. More than 20 climate networks and their member organisations have contributed to the report with their experiences of advocacy on climate change issues though case studies and policy analyses from a wide range of countries – including many of the poorest – in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Pacific. The report’s aim is to provide a better understanding of the motivation, successes and challenges faced during their advocacy initiatives and thus to share lessons, advice and recommendations.

Into Unknown Territory: The limits to adaptation and reality of loss and damage from climate impacts
This joint report by CARE International, Germanwatch, Action Aid and WWF reveals that if global warming continues at its current pace, the planet will increasingly suffer irreversible damages to its biodiversity, natural resources and substantial losses of human life and territory. Adaptation to climate change alone will no longer suffice. Unless substantial efforts are taken immediately to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and encourage climate resilient development, global warming could exceed 4 and even 6°C.