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Sustainable Development

Climate Change Responses That Strengthen Rural Communities

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The goal of this work is to promote climate change policies that meet the needs of rural poor communities worldwide.

The Challenge

The majority of the world's poor live in rural areas that face severe vulnerability to the threats posed by climate change. Sustainable land and resource management can contribute to mitigating climate change, while improving livelihoods of rural populations, particularly indigenous groups and ethnic minorities.

The evolving international response to climate change is particularly relevant for the rural poor, because payments for environmental services can provide new sources of income and benefits.

What We're Doing

We are working to address flawed policies that can limit poor people's access to the natural resources they depend on and can foster land speculation and conflict.

We do this by making grants to support research, advocacy, networking among organizations and communications to increase awareness and training activities.

Our work also focuses on promoting socially just climate change policies that meet the needs of the rural poor.

Learn more about how our strategies and approaches shape our grant making.

What We're Following




  • David Kaimowitz
  • Penny Davies
  • Steve Rhee
  • Aurélio Vianna Jr.

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