Climate Change Responses That Strengthen Rural Communities
The goal of this work is to promote climate change policies that meet the needs of rural poor communities worldwide.
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
- The Year in Review for Rainforests Mongabay.com summarizes major news relating to tropical forests around the world.
- The International Association for the Study of the Commons A key resource for discussion and analysis of community property, its management, and its contribution to sustainable development
- Mexico's Forest Dwellers Carve Out a Future in Trees Agence France Presse video coverage of community forestry in Mexico
- Protected Area Effectiveness in Reducing Tropical Deforestation World Bank study compares protected, multiple-use and indigenous areas 6 MB
From the Newsroom
"A Tipping Point Over Climate"
“The progress we are making in slowing deforestation stands as a powerful and pragmatic example of what can be done,” Darren Walker writes in an op-ed for CNN Opinion.
The Forest and Climate Challenge: Business, Government, and Indigenous Community Leaders Call for Action
Protecting forests in ways that benefit local people, the climate and the bottom line
As the Climate Changes, We Are All “Living Dangerously”
New documentary series explores the human impact of climate change
A Victory for Land Rights and Indigenous People in Indonesia
Constitutional Court rules that indigenous people have the right to manage forests where they live