Field Projects Special Issue: Adaptation | Islands | Water | Forests | New CBA Field Guide

Also: Spring Quarter 2011 | Scaling Up Projects | Networking | Call for CBA Projects | Scholarship Appeal
CSDi Spring Quarter: Online Field Courses

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We’ve been very lucky this year with the high quality of our student field partners and of the projects they developed—and during November we featured select projects in four newsletters for specialty audiences. Each project has a short write-up—as well as detailed background information about the actual communities and solution oriented project activities.

Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change News: CBA

CBA projects from 4 countries & tools for perfecting project design

  • 300 Hands-On Field Activities for Community Based Adaptation Projects
  • Is Climate Change Affecting Farmers in Your Country? It is in Guatemala
  • Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation: A Guide for Practitioners

  • Climate Change Risk & Vulnerability in a Remote Tanzanian Village
  • CC Study in Injustice: 10 Million Additional African Children Malnourished by 2050
  • Do you think that indigenous knowledge should be incorporated into CBA projects?

Forests and Climate Change News

Forests are a major component of coastlines, rivers, biodiversity & farms

  • Bangladesh: Participatory Riparian Forest Management Program
  • Perú: Participatory Restoration & Conservation of  Mangrove Ecosystem
  • Agroforestry and Conservation Agriculture for Malawi Food Security

  • Forest Reserve Nigeria: REDD+ | NTFPs | Climate Smart Agroforestry
  • Community Afforestation Program in Bangladesh

 Water and Climate Change News

Water challenges range from domestic water to agriculture, floods, drought, health

  • Families in Kenyan Village Have 4% of the Water as do Canadian Families
  • 36% Water Shortage in Mexico City: Rainwater Harvesting Solution
  • Drought & Flood in Remote Tanzanian Village

  • Community Afforestation Program in Bangladesh
  • Water Management Program: Will It Help Mauritian Farmers Adapt to Climate Change Hazards?

Islands and Climate Change News

Islanders suffer from erosion, water shortages, pollution, habitat loss and tropical storms

  • Yadua Village, Fiji: 200 people are suffering climate change induced rising sea levels
  • 7 Years of extreme weather in Granada increases malnutrition & poverty
  • Climate change related drought plagues island farmers on Timor Leste

  • British Virgin Islands: climate change induced heavy rains impact local economy
  • Mindanao Island: reduced fish catch due to climate variability
  • Wet and Dry in Mauritius: Film by Matt Gray—Fulbright Scholar and CSDi student

To learn about other student projects in real time, please visit our Facebook Page and visit the  CSDi Development Community to see their regular postings—and join 850 colleagues in sharing resources & collaborating online.

 Do you have a community-based adaptation to climate change project that you would like to be featured in a new Earthscan book from Routledge?  
‘A Field Guide to Community-Based Adaptation’ is being written by Tim Magee for development practitioners and will include clear, step-by-step descriptions of successful project activities. We are seeking an international range of innovative and successful activities to include.

We look forward to receiving contributions from actors at all levels—and we especially welcome contributions from practitioners themselves. Please follow the link for submission instructions including an example submission.

Help Scale Up Project Successes: Help Us Increase Impact to 300,000 Beneficiaries by December 31.
Help us to scale-up these impacted-oriented courses and their resulting projects.  Course particpants from 500 organizations in 147 countries have developed and are developing projects impacting 350,000 people. Help us scale up the reach of our courses so that a much greater number of students can begin projects and increase this impact.
Please spread the word about our courses to your friends/colleagues through your blog, your newsletter or your Facebook page—or by ‘liking’ & commenting on our Facebook PagePlease consider providing a link to our Online Learning page on your website.
Consider making a scholarship donation for field staff who can’t afford course fees.
BECOME THE SOLUTION. Are you a donor, a development practitioner, in a job transition, or a student who wants to learn more about what works in development? 
Join us along with students from all over the world in January  to improve an existing project or learn from scratch how to design, fund and launch a community based project. Student projects have utilized 270 different kinds of solution-oriented activities to address community need. Scan the list to see which ones would work best for your project.
Visit Online Learning to see a full listing of Winter Quarter 2013, Community Based courses that begin in January.

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