Britt Basel


Drawing on experience in 39 countries, Britt specializes in climate adaptation with an emphasis on community-driven and ecosystem-based solutions including capacity building, collaborative conservation, integrated watershed management, sustainable water resource management, agroecology, ecological restoration, sustainable livelihoods, and disaster risk reduction. Her fieldwork spans working with the United Nations Development Program to direct engagement with small-scale farmers and local resource managers around the world. As an applied scientist, Britt’s experience includes project design, team management, facilitation, community-engagement, monitoring, and evaluation. Complementing her work as an applied scientist, Britt has worked with hundreds of university and high school students over the last nine years, designing and instructing seminars, field studies, and study-abroad curriculums related to her professional specialties. She encourages students to use critical analysis, science, and empathy to develop culturally appropriate and sustainable solutions to the issues we confront as a global community. As a visual storyteller, Britt is a photographer and writer associated with National Geographic. Her other publications include the Washington Post, The New Zealand Herald, and the Outdoor Journal India. Britt is fluent in English and Spanish.

Britt is a member of the following Themes, Networks or Projects

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Gender and Social Equality

This theme aims to deepen engagement on issues of gender and social equality in the context of environment and development, foster collaborations and strengthen capacity.
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Disasters and Climate Change

Generating knowledge to integrate disaster risk reduction (DRR) with equitable, sustainable and resilient development, recognizing that development and DRR are interlinked.  
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Small Islands and Climate Change

Promoting an understanding of the vulnerabilities and resilience of islands not only among SIDS but also among countries with islands.
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Economics of adaptation

Assessing the costs of adaptation using multiple lines of evidence.
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Ecosystem-based Adaptation

Enhancing ecosystem services to support climate adaptation.
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Forests and Climate Change

Exploring the role of forests for the adaptation of people to climate change.
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