Advancing climate change adaptation strategies

Climate change threatens to hinder Africa’s efforts towards achieving its development goals. TBA alumna, Cynthia Awuor, is no stranger to this statement where she has advocated for the adoption of climate change strategies across Africa and beyond.

After attending the TBA course in 2003, I embarked on a journey towards introducing strategies for climate change adaptation. The knowledge and skills I gained from the TBA course on conducting research on tropical ecology enabled me to access changes in ecosystem services. I still use these skills in my research for publications on climate change data

Africa’s vulnerability to the effects of climate change has been witnessed through the recurring droughts, floods and the resulting food insecurity across several countries. In creating a climate-resilient future for Africa, climate change experts have determined the huge role that people play towards linking climate change adaptation and mitigation. Cynthia’s work has thus also focused on human development in realizing that human power is the driving force for solving the effects of climate change. She has provided training and technical support to development and livelihoods project teams working with communities to enhance their adaptation and resilience to climate change. This includes vulnerability and adaptive capacity assessments, as well as the conservation and management of natural resources such as water, range lands, farm lands, scrub land, and forests. 

Cynthia has further trained over 1,200 project practitioners across Africa, and Asia on ‘ Assessing climate vulnerability and Adaptive Capacity, and developing community-based climate adaptation and resilience projects. She continues her work as a climate change, environment and development specialist as she strives to build the sustainability of climate change programs in Africa.