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Climate change adaptation in Ethiopia

Through the provision of courses and the development of strong knowledge sharing and dialogue networks, CDI and its partners unite local and national stakeholders to implement climate change adaptation policies and strategies.

Official project title: Climate change adaptation in agriculture and natural resources management

The challenges of climate change

Sustainable land use, food supply and water management are critical concerns for countries in East Africa. In regions that are very vulnerable to climate change, the specific circumstances and needs have to be mapped before an adaptation strategy to climate change can be developed. Ethiopia has prepared a National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA) in which adaptation strategies in the agricultural sector play an important role.

Climate change adaptation in policy making

A consortium of Wageningen UR partners, in which Centre for Development Innovation (CDI) takes part, wants to contribute to the mainstreaming of climate change adaptation into the sustainable development agenda of Ethiopia. We focus on the capacities and knowledge that needed to better integrate climate change adaptation responses into policy processes of agriculture, rural development and natural resources management.

Knowledge development

climate change adaptation future drawing
During a workshop in 2008, the needs for knowledge and capacity development were assessed. A wide agenda emerged with a clear request for further support from Wageningen UR. Ideas for such support included a follow up high level forum for policy makers, specific technical advice, capacity development for researchers and policy makers, greater integration of climate change into university curriculum, regional network development, training programmes, improving public awareness raising and enhancing international negotiation capacities. The project worked on this agenda during 2009. Amongst others CDI developed a framework for vulnerability as well as a training course on climate change adaptation in agriculture and natural resources management.

Hotspot areas

In 2010 two hotspot area’s in Ethiopia were selected – the Central rift valley and the south eastern part of the country – to further elaborate the prioritized adaptation actions as described in Ethiopia’s NAPA. Each hotspot area had his thematic focus: re-greening, adaptation of coffee farming and nature conservation in the Central rift valley, and land degradation and pastoralism in the south eastern part of the country. For those two cases we assessed the policy and management options for sustainable agricultural land use under conditions of climate change.