Assessing adaptation options for climate change: A guide for coastal communities in the Coral Triangle of the Pacific 2. Climate analysis
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WorldFish. 2013. Assessing adaptation options for climate change: A guide for coastal communities in the Coral Triangle of the Pacific 2. Climate analysis
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Assessing options for adapting to climate change is an important part of building resilient fishing and farming communities. This brochure is part of a series that collectively detail how a community-based assessment of climate change was used in partnership with coastal communities and provincial and national-level stakeholders in Timor-Leste and Solomon Islands. The assessment contains four distinct, but related, steps (Fig 1) focused on supporting community-level decision-making for adaptation through a series of participatory action research activities. Each brochure in this series details a specific activity in the four-step assessment. This series of eight brochures is primarily aimed for use where resources are limited or where it is more appropriate to use a rapid, qualitative and non-data intensive method of assessment. Community leaders, local NGOs and regional and national-level government representatives in developing countries may find this series useful. In this brochure we provide details of an activity relating to the ‘Scoping’ step of the assessment, namely analysis of long-term observed climate data. This analysis is aimed at identifying climate-sensitive farming and fishing practices that may need to be adapted in response to changes in climate. More specifically, the following questions were posed: • Using both observed data and community members’ experiences, is there evidence of medium- to long-term changes in climate and sea level over the past decades? • How have fishers and farmers adapted their practices to respond to these changes? • If past trends in climate and sea level continue, what options do communities have to make ongoing adaptations to their livelihoods?