Workshop on Local Innovation to Adapt to Climate Change postponed until further notice


Posted on: 4/14/2014

Due to low number of applicaitons received, the Workshop on Local innovation to Adapt to Climate Change has been postponed for the time being. The new date will be notified through our website.

Background

Climate change is presently at the centre of international debate and it is now clear that climate change is having an adverse impact on the livelihoods of the world’s vulnerable people. With men migrating outside the village or even out of the country in search of better opportunities, women have to shoulder additional responsibilities as well as farm affairs. Consequently, women-led households, with less adult labour and other resources in the household, are likely to have more difficulties in adapting to the impacts of climate change.  Adaptation to climate change invariably requires better utilisation of all local resources from both within the locality and beyond. A blanket solution may not work for climate change adaptation (CCA), as it needs responses that are specific to the location, its microclimate and the available livelihood assets in a particular community. Hence, a direct flow of resources and knowledge to support localised solutions is important to deal with the consequences of a changing and more variable climate.

In this context, Promoting Local Innovation (Prolinnova) partners deliberately look at more positive side of things: by recognising what adaptive mechanisms local people have already come up with, and building on these. This action will contribute to understanding the role of enhancing local capacity as a means to deal with climate change, as an entry point towards developing innovative adaptive mechanisms through participatory innovation development (PID). Adaptation through PID starts the process of intervention at the local level not in the conventional way (by asking people what their problems are and what assistance they need) but rather by identifying how they are already trying to adapt and the ideas they already have for adaptation. Community-level adaptation can be facilitated and ensured through enhancing community capacity to innovate in developing site-appropriate responses.

What is local innovation?

Local innovation (without an "s") is the process by which people develop new and better ways of doing things – using their own resources and on their own initiative. In doing so, they may be exploring new possibilities simply out of curiosity, or may be responding and adapting to changes in the condition of natural resources, availability of assets, markets and other socio-economic and institutional contexts brought about by higher-level policies, disasters, climate change and other external influences. Local innovation often occurs in the face of new challenges or opportunities.

The outcomes of these processes are local innovations (with an "s") that have been developed and are understood and owned by local people. These innovations may be developed by individuals or groups or even entire communities. They may be new farming techniques but also new ways of organising farming or other resource management activities. In other words, they may be technical and socio-institutional innovations, including policy change at local level, e.g. bylaws for using natural resources. A successful process of local innovation leads to local innovations that improve the lives of many people in the area and/or of particularly disadvantaged people such as the poor and marginalised – a segment of the local population that, in many societies, includes women.

(more information on Local Innovation and Participatory Innovation Development can be downloaded at: http://www.prolinnova.net/sites/default/files/documents/Nepal/2007/pid_guideline_design.pdf)

Objective of the workshop

Local innovations to adapt to climate change impact at grassroots level will be documented, and selected innovations will be taken further for joint experimentation in PID approach for value addition for wider dissemination.

Who can participate?

Selected members of NGONCC (NGO Network on Climate Change) will be invited for the workshop. Any non NGONCC organization(s) or individual(s) working in the field of Climate Change Adaptation and Local Innovation can also participate. 

How to Apply?

Interested organization(s)/ individual(s) working on climate change and local innovation at grassroots level will have to forward application to <info@libird.org> with subject: APPLICATION FOR WORKSHOP ON LOCAL INNOVATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION by closing of business on 25 April 2014. The participating individual/organization is required to send at least one innovation related to climate change adaptation identified and documented from their working areas; failing to do so will make them ineligible for participation. Only one innovation per application should be submitted, but multiple applications from individuals/organizations are encouraged. Those individuals/ organizations with convincing innovation will be invited for the participation in the workshop. A brief description on each innovation of not more than one page shall be submitted along with your application.

How Do We Move Forward?

During the workshop, panel of experts will identify potential local innovations eligible to benefit communities vulnerable to climate change and a selected few will be taken further for joint experimentation through PID for which certain funds will be made available. Amount of funding for joint experimentation through PID will be up to NPR 50,000 (Rupees Fifty Thousand Only) per innovation. LI-BIRD reserves the right to accept/reject the application. Those selected to participate in the workshop will need to present their innovation(s) during the workshop. Only shortlisted innovations with wider applicability and impact will be selected for further PID process and for funding.

Workshop Details

  • Date: Currently postponed
  • Venue: To be decided
  • Deadline for submission of application: rolling
  • Organized by: Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development
  • Cost for Lodging, Food and Travel by Road to Workshop venue will be borne by the organizer

Selected Innovators/ institutions will be informed by the end of April for participation.

Download Application Form Here (Form is on page 3)