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Adapting to climate change
How local experiences can shape the debate
This briefing paper is based on eight studies made by local organisations working on adaptation to climate change in different countries of Africa, Asia and South America, and a background paper describing the gender aspects of adaptation. The cases both describe local adaptation strategies and provide assessment of the policy response and institutional challenges within countries in which they are located. Brief summaries of the studies and groups involved can be found in ANNEX 1. Fuller descriptions can be found at www.bothends.org. The paper shows that the experiences of local communities and civil society organisations in coping with and adapting to climatic changes provide an important source of knowledge for developing adaptation policies, nationally and internationally. On the basis of these observations and analyses, this report provides policy recommendations to national and international policy makers, experts and donor agencies.