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Communication and Climate Change: What the Australian public thinks
Date:
04 June 2014
climate change comm[2011] This report provides details of the outcome of an internet survey conducted in October 2010 that was aimed at understanding the current attitudes, beliefs, perceptions and knowledge of the Australian general public about climate change issues, their responses to climate change, and their preferred methods of communication about these issues.
Climate Change Communication Strategy
Date:
04 June 2014
climate change comm strategyThe purpose of this document is to develop a more systematic and effective approach to communicating climate change in West Sussex.

The document draws on the experiences and lessons learned through climate change awareness raising projects in West Sussex, particularly those undertaken as part of the EU funded ESPACE (European Spatial Planning: Adapting to Climate Events) project, as well as DEFRA’s (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) National Climate Change Communications Strategy.
Application of ICTs for Climate Adaptation in the Water Sector: Developing Country Experiences
Date:
04 June 2014
ICTsCCwater[2012] Adaptation to contexts of water stress is often a mix of climate-consequential responses and responses to social, economic, political and cultural fluxes. Information and communications technologies (ICTs) have proven useful in tailoring responses to situations arising out of the climate-water nexus in the developing world. ICTs are increasingly being adopted as key tools for data collection, decision support and improved communication networks.

This publication brought out by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) discusses current trends, conceptual models and the need for an integrated research agenda in the domain of ICTs, climate change and water, with special reference to regions of high biophysical vulnerabilities to climate change and variability.
Communication and Natural Resource Management
Date:
23 May 2014
cover nrm[2003] This book is a tool for people involved or interested in communication and natural resource management who seek a better understanding of how different theories and strategic change principles relate to actual practice. It relates a variety of theories and change principles in simplified, almost schematic form, to a series of real initiatives in the field through interactive "experiences".

Each "experience" is organised around a theme, a learning objective, a description of an actual natural resource management and communication initiative, and one or two theoretical lenses through which to analyse the initiative. The idea is not to "discover" the right approach but rather to create an interactive space that enables you to reflect on what might work in your own context and also on how different contexts may require different approaches, principles and theoretical frameworks.
Information and Communication for Natural Resource Management in agriculture
Date:
23 May 2014
cambodiasourcebook[2006] This training sourcebook is the result of a collective undertaking by the College of Development Communication of the University of Los Baños the Philippines, and FAO ComDev, in their effort to support collaborative natural resource management in agriculture in Cambodia. It is meant to be ready reference material for communication specialists and facilitators organizing training and capability building in ComDev as a strategic component of sustainable NRM and rural livelihood initiatives.

The sourcebook introduces the strategic and participatory frameworks of information and communication in natural resource management in agriculture, presents the main phases of communication for development process applied to NRM (situation assessment; strategy design; materials development; management and implementation; and monitoring and evaluation) and concludes with lessons learned and recommendations from project experience in Cambodia.
Communication Assessment and Action Plan for the LACC Project in Bangladesh
Date:
04 June 2014
laccproj[2010] This study was carried out in the framework of the CSDI initiative in support of the FAO's Livelihood Adaptation to Climate Change (LACC) project, which supports climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, and capacity strengthening for sustainable livelihoods in the rural areas of the drought-prone and coastal regions of Bangladesh.

Two CSDI consultants visited LACC pilot sites to identify needs and lessons on the role of communication for livelihood adaptation and designed a ComDev strategy for the next phase of the project. Their assessment used a participatory approach, including interviews with project staff and focus group discussions with rural communities. The ComDev strategy proposed aims to facilitate adaptation building on knowledge: ComDev activities will enhance collective learning and generate a more informed decision-making on climate and production issues. Furthermore the use of ICTs can improve learning experiences and help to record and store local knowledge.
The Role of ICTs for Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change
Date:
05 June 2014
role ict comm-based cc[2011] This publication is a state-of-the-art overview on the application of communication and ICTs for community-based livelihood adaptation to climate change. It is crucial to identify information and communication systems, particularly for poor smallholder farmers, in order to have access to scientific and technological advances that can support their agricultural decision-making. As a result, research must be reported and communicated in such a way that policy makers can support the adaptation of the food systems to climate change.

The first section explains the role played by Information and Communication Technology (ICT), in the adaptation or mitigation of climate change and examines the potential use at regional or local levels. The second section describes the steps of using ICTs at the community level to communicate information about climate change. Specifically, it describes seven actions where ICT can be of use. But for these steps to be effective, they must be framed in the context of integrated Communication for Development processes in order to bring about positive social change. This publication concludes that this is indeed an area for pioneers with the potential for much further development.
Climate Change Communication and Social Learning
Date:
05 June 2014
climatecommsl[2012] This working paper by CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) offers an overview of current theory and practice on climate change communication and social learning in the global South.

With a view of informing CCAFS strategy in this area, it presents a theoretical framework for understanding social learning and communication approaches and reviews the current landscape of methods, tools and decision aids in communicating climate change in the context of development. It explores user needs and perceptions, reviews the challenges of communicating complex issues and scientific evidence as well as relevant local knowledge, includes case studies from the CGIAR network of institutions and finally provides recommendations for adopting a social learning approach to communicating climate change and adaptation.
Advancing Adaptation through Communication for Development
Date:
06 June 2014
advadap[2010] This document contains the proceedings of a technical session on Communication held at the Third International Workshop on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA) to Climate Change (February 2009 Dhaka, Bangladesh). The main purpose of the session was to assess and fully illustrate the role of ComDev in expanding the scope for stakeholders' participation, dialogue, and decision making.

CSDI specialists shared their field experiences and discussed findings on good practices in the use of ComDev for CBA. Lessons learned show that ComDev in CBA can: facilitate participatory research and horizontal knowledge sharing; improve the quality of advisory services for technology innovation; enhance adaptation processes and disaster risk management; bridge the gap between global environment information and local communities' knowledge; strengthen policy dialogue between institutions and small farmers.


Collaborative Change: a Communication Framework for Climate Change Adaptation and Food Security
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Date:
06 June 2014
collchange[2010] This document was prepared in the context of theCommunication for Sustainable Development Initiative (CSDI), an FAO programme supported by the Italian Ministry for the Environment and Territory that promotes the use of communication methods and tools to meet today's rural development challenges.

It provides a conceptual framework to participatory communication applied to climate change adaptation and food security. According to CSDI, the integration of ComDev into community-based adaptation approaches will provide the most vulnerable groups a chance to generate their own coping strategies, thanks to an equitable access to knowledge and information and enhanced local decision making. ComDev methods and tools are also instrumental to improve rural institution capacities to support climate change adaptation at the community level.

The document is also available in French and Spanish.
 
 
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