Promoting Local Innovations: A tool for adaptation to climate change and sustainable development in Mountains

Mathez-Stiefel, Sarah-Lan; Murti, Radhika (2014). Promoting Local Innovations: A tool for adaptation to climate change and sustainable development in Mountains (Unpublished). In: World Mountain Forum. Cusco, Peru. 22.05.-24.05.2014.

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Throughout their history mountain communities have had to adapt to changing environmental and socio-economic conditions. They have developed strategies and specialized knowledge to sustain their livelihoods in a context of adverse climatic events and constant change. As negotiations and discussions on climate change emphasize the critical need for locally relevant and community owned adaptation strategies, there is a need for new tools to capitalize on this local knowledge and endogenous potential for innovation. The toolkit Promoting Local Innovation (PLI) was designed by the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) of the University of Bern, Switzerland, to facilitate a participatory social learning process which identifies locally available innovations that can be implemented for community development. It is based on interactive pedagogy and joint learning among different stakeholders in the local context. The tried-and-tested tool was developed in the Andean region in 2004, and then used in International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) climate change adaptation projects in Thailand, Burkina Faso, Senegal, and Chile. These experiences showed that PLI can be used to involve all relevant stakeholders in establishing strategies and actions needed for rural communities to adapt to climate change impacts, while building on local innovation potential and promoting local ownership

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10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

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Mathez, Sarah-Lan




Stephan Schmidt

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10 Apr 2015 14:32

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