In terms of education- Students and teachers can be involved in community-level risk assessments and these can form part of school and community planning processes.
...and great girls, Quamrul!!
Thanks, Ed - would be nice to see Todd Stern with us! We will write a blog summarising some of this discussion and disseminate afterwards, so hope to spread the insights a little further.
Megan your right climate change and especially adaptation are not well represented in the post 2015 development discussions- we need to ensure it gets higher priority and the two timelines UNFCCC 2015 and MDG Post 2015 are integrated- as with a weak climate deal we will fail in our development and visa versa
Megan, one more point on gathering the evidence: we are just starting a few projects where we will be formally triggering actions based on forecasts across different timescales, based on analysis beforehand (both with communities and in terms of formal economic analysis -- including the cost of in some cases acting in vain). Once a hazard occurs, we'll be formally evaluating the initial assumptions and calibrating the actions and thresholds. This will provide the sort of data we're looking for -- but it's the exemption rather than the rule (partly because of the deep divide between humanitarian and development financing)..
Ed we need a stern 2- reality check!
Saleem -- how well are countries in Africa and Asia ready and able to manage adaptation funding in ways that will satisfy the Western countries they want to pay? And how well are they set up to distribute adaptation funding at the community level?
uechigbu: Good question! Very hard to change things sometimes
Dear Jerome, good questions, no simple answers. The key is to be context-specific, and indeed use information across timescales that matches the needs of the farmers in a more uncertain climate, but not just focus on coping within current constraints -- I would also at least investigate options that increase resilience more systematically (including for instance diversification of livelihoods). Ideally, processes like the NAPA should set the context in which such local discussions, learning and innovation can take place, rather than provide a one-size-fits-all pre-cooked solution for everyone.
If anyone has final questions for our participants, please do ask now as they'll have to head off in a few minutes.