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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Practical Adaptation

Anthony Nyong, manager of the Compliance and Safeguard Division at the African Development Bank, recently directed some pointed criticism at the international climate science and adaptation communities:

"85 per cent of the money coming to Africa for adaptation is used for 'capacity building' [meetings] in hotels - yet nobody has ever built capacity in a hotel"
Nyong suggested time is being wasted in the study of climate change and adaptation processes by researchers and the pursuit of small-scale adaptation pilot projects. Nyong stressed the need for a new approach to adaptation which focuses on embedding adaptation within a broader and more vigorous development agenda that enhances the capacity of people to cope with climate change.

While climate science will continue to remain fundamental to supporting adaptation efforts, Nyong's comments remind us that the research community has an obligation to see that research translated into action.

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