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Local Development Solutions for People, Nature and Resilient Communities

Submitted by Zoe Whitton 23rd August 2012 14:12

The Community-Based Adaptation project in Morocco “Land and Water protection, conservation farming and climate risk management to increase the resilience of the El Mouddaa High Altitude mountain ecosystem and reinforcement of the adaptive capacities of the local community, in the face of increasingly erratic and violent rainstorms and more and more frequent droughts” has been chosen as one of the winners of the 2012 Equator Prize (UNDP). The project was selected among 800 candidates for its remarkable demonstration of local development solutions for people, nature, and resilient communities. 

This project is one of the UNDP’s local level adaptation work spearheaded through the UNDP Community-Based Adaptation (CBA) global project. The El Mouddaa initiative was prepared and implemented through a comprehensive participatory and inclusive approach, with the objective of strengthening the resilience of the El Mouddaa community to address the impacts of climate change. The project fosters sustainable land and water management, resilient farming practices, and community early warning techniques, which help the local community better deal with current and future climate challenges.  The project is implemented by AMSING, the community-based organization (CBO) partner.