Comic Relief Training of Trainers Nairobi May 2009

Published: 30th March 2011 11:35Last Updated: 30th March 2011 10:35

Workshop participants and resource people

Workshop participants and resource people

This is a space to share the presentations and resources for a Training of Trainers workshop for East and Southern Africa on Climate Change and Community Adaptation which was held in Nairobi May 18-22nd. The workshop is part of a series being funded by the UK based charity Comic Relief aimed at Strengthening Civil Society Capacity on Climate Change.

The workshop was organised by Terry Cannon and Saleemul Huq of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and Elvin Nyukuri of the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS). Additional input came from the Bangladeshi Centre for Advanced Study (BCAS), the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), ENDA Tiers-Monde and Zero Regional Environment Organisation

The next workshop in the Comic Relief series will take place in Dakar, Senegal from the 27th-31st July 2009 and will be hosted by ENDA for participants from Francophone West Africa.

Agenda and Participant list

Participants enjoying their groupwork!

Participants enjoying their groupwork!

Contact for the participant list (in case you lost your original version!)

The session by session agenda of the workshop can be found here


Clicking on the links below will let you download all of the presentations from the different sessions, so that you have a library of slides to use in your training. All we ask is that the slides get attributed to the correct presenter!


Tools Discussed

Tools for adaptation?

Tools for adaptation?

  • Community-based Risk Screening Tool  - Adaptation and Livelihoods (CRiSTAL): Designed to help project planners and managers integrate climate change adaptation into community-level projects. CRiSTAL is primarily targeted at project planners and managers working at the community level on sustainable livelihoods and ecosystem management and restoration. Website
  • Locate: A framework for designing community-based adaptation projects. LOCATE starts with a vulnerability analysis from the top-down to identify 'hot-spots' and then uses participatory methods to work with the communities to identify vulnerable areas. It then moves on to analyses specific to adaptation. A key part of LOCATE is the combination of 'top-down' and 'bottom-up' approaches.
  • Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment (VCA): A Red Cross/Red Crescent tool which VCA is concerned with collecting, analysing and systematising information on a given community's vulnerability to hazards in a structured and meaningful way. This information is then used to diagnose the key risks and existing capacities of the community, ultimately leading to activities aimed at reducing people's vulnerability to potential disasters and increasing their capacity to survive them and resume their lives. [1]
  • CEDRA is an environmental field tool for agencies working in developing countries and was developed by TearFund. It helps agencies working in developing countries to access and understand the science of climate change and environmental degradation and compare this with local community experience of environmental change.
  • Climate Change Explorer: The Climate Change Explorer provides users with access to projections of climate change from 10 different global models, which have been statistically downscaled to produce projections at a station level. Projections are available for stations throughout Africa and Asia. Much more information on the tool is available here
  • Adaptation Layer: The weADAPT adaptation layer uses Google Earth technology to allow users to explore different adaptation projects around the world. The Adaptation Layer contains studies, videos, projects, reports from workshops and downscaled climate data. This is a collaboration between weADAPT, START, IIED and OSS in the initial phase, but we welcome contributions from all organisations.

Supporting websites

  • The IPCC website is a good place to start looking for all aspects of climate change, from observed changes in climate, to projections of climate change to Adaptation and Impacts by region.
  • The UNFCCC has updated information on the international climate negotiations. National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs) can be downloaded from here, and include useful contacts in a country, the impacts of climate change on different sectors of a country and a list of prioritised adaptation actions. A full list of projects from every NAPA is available here. National Communications also provide good background on Climate Change and the vulnerabilities a country faces, but their primary focus is to provide information on the greenhouse gas emissions of that particular country. They can be downloaded here
  • The CBA Exchange website has lots of information and resources for Community Based Adaptation, including videos, case studies and other resources.
  • The Climate Funds website has updates on the latest status of funding for Adaptation.
  • provides short articles on climate change and development]
  • Tiempo provides updated information and climate change and development issues, on subjects from international climate change negotiations to community-based adaptation and innovation.
  • IIED have a channel on YouTube which has a whole range of good videos on Community-Based Adaptation

Specific supporting documents

From the IPCC:


Supporting material on weADAPT

The Institutional stuff

The training workshop was funded by Comic Relief.

The workshop was organised by International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) with input from Bangladeshi Centre for Advanced Study (BCAS), the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), ENDA Tiers-Monde and Zero Regional Environment Organisation