Laurie ornajoyce UK government is tying to remove climate from its curriculum ! Lots more communication work is needed at all levels
Earlier, before the debate officially started, we had some questions about the issue of corruption in climate adaptation funding. Is this something our experts have come across in their work, or see as likely to be a bigger issue in the future?
Maarten, would you say work on producing this evidence that disaster risk reduction investment is cheaper than response is progressing fast enough? It seems to be the holy grail to persuading governments to invest, but don't we still need a stronger case to be made in terms of hard cash? Why is it so tricky?
Good examples of CARE-supported Community Based Adaptation in practice in the latest issue of Joto Afrika here - these include farmer field schools in Mozambique, Community Adaptation Action Planning in Niger, the role of Community Monitors in adaptation in Ghana and women's voices on vulnerability, resilience and climate change. Read the issue here (the link takes you to the latest issue of Joto Afrika www.careclimatechange.org
@Peter @Jo -- it is hard to fund the CC Media Partnership at COP times and even harder when there is no COP on to draw attention. We try to connect journalists to editors in the north where possible. AlertNet and IPS play an important role in filling the gap by bringing climate-change stories from the South to global online audiences.
Ornajoyce: Totally agree about drawing the connections to make people care
Megan, good point. As you know, there are many factors. One problem is that I feel too many people working in this field feel that it is SO obvious that investing beforehand makes sense that they don't really bother making the case more formally. There are also a couple of more structural reasons. The most important is that when a disaster hits, people just have other priorities (and rightly so). We really need pre-defined protocols on what we need to assess at that time, and select the basic things we really need to know rather than attempt a full assessment. And we need to pre-allocate tasks and resources to it. A second problem is attribution: to see the impact of the investments, you'd ideally have a control group, say another community that did not benefit from the adaptation (or DRR) investment. This is often considered unethical. But again: this is all just explanation, I do thing we need to overcome these barriers in a pragmatic way, and really build the evidence, rapidly.