Where the rain falls
|Organization(s)||CARE France, Raks Thai Foundaiton|
|Local Partners||GISTDA, RECOFT, Church of Christ in Thailand|
|Location||Chiang Mai Province|
|Duration||Phase III: January 2017 – December 2019|
|Beneficiaries||45 highland ethnic villages, 25,319 villagers (12,441 female villagers and 12,878 male villagers)|
Where the Rain Falls (WtRF) is a multi-country climate adaptation project launched in 2011. The first phase of the project consisted of field research conducted by CARE and the United Nations University in 8 countries (Bangladesh, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Ghana, Tanzania, Guatemala and Peru). The study aimed at understanding the interlinkages between changing rainfall patterns, their effects on food security and human mobility. Based on the recommendations of the study, CARE developed community-based adaptation (CBA) projects in Thailand, India and Bangladesh. In Thailand, the project is now in its third phase and aims at reinforcing the resilience of marginalized populations from Northern Thailand in the face of climate risks and climate change.
The WtRF project is the largest intervention of the Environment Program in Raks Thai in the past 5 years. It is implemented under the management of CARE France and has received a total funding of around US $1 million by AXA in the form of grants since 2011.
At the basis of the project is the fact that agriculture is the main livelihood of the ethnic minorities living in in Thailand’s upland areas. These ethnic minorities are vulnerable to climate change due to their dependence on rainfall, the high cost of inputs, and the limited access to financial services and markets. Improving farmer’s resilience under these limiting factors is a challenge which requires targeted interventions and empowerment of local communities.
- To support communities in moving towards sustainable and climate-resilient livelihoods and forward-looking development planning.
- To contribute to the integration of climate risk management and climate change adaptation through community-based adaptation (CBA) approaches, in policies and practices of concerned authorities and Civil Society organizations (CSOs).
10 ‘new’ communities and 11 communities covered during the previous phase, 4 Subdistrict Administrative Organization (SAO), 2 district government agencies in Chiang Mai Province– Northern Thailand
The focus is on improving communities’ resilience to climate change through the CARE’s sustainable approach for productive, equitable and resilient (SuPER) agriculture, disaster risk reduction strategies, and improvement of land and water management systems. The project also includes a gender-focused approach and women’s empowerment, as women face different barriers to contribute to adaptation mechanisms in the community.
Therefore, the project will improve communities’ access to and control over land and water resources by building their capacity on community-based natural resources management and by supporting them for implementing community-based action plans. Furthermore, the project will also link them to relevant government agencies, especially local authorities and local governmental organizations, for financial and technical support.
Consequently, the project also will collaborate with local authorities, related government agencies, and CSOs in order to institutionalize and mainstream the community-based development approach as well as participatory methods for increasing communities’ adaptive capacity .
Community-based Adaptation (CBA)
The community-based adaptation framework (CBA) to climate change is an approach shared within the CARE network. The CBA is an integrated approach that combines traditional, indigenous approaches with innovative adaptation strategies. It aims at reducing people’s vulnerability to the current and future impacts of climate change.
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