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Oxfam launched community-based action research on agricultural adaptation to climate change in rural villages in Shaanxi Province. The picture shows staff from the Agricultural Technology Promotion Center investigating on a farm.

Climate change has greatly impacted the agricultural industry and the livelihoods of farmers. We have tried to find ways to introduce climate change adaptation measures in poor rural communities in order to fight against it. We have also continued to explore ways to reduce poverty in these communities by incorporating climate adaptation measures as well as low carbon development.

 

Yujiashan Village Project selected as Global Good Practice for Sustainable Low Carbon Development

This pilot project is part of the ‘Low-carbon Adaptation and Poverty Alleviation Plan (LAPA)’ in Xianyang City, Shaanxi Province. It aims to improve the income of local villagers by diversifying their livelihoods as well as facilitating sustainable development to combat climate change through the introduction of a series of adaptation and low carbon development models.

Twenty one outstanding cases in developing countries were selected in ‘Pioneers of Change - Sustainable Low Carbon Development in Developing Countries’, jointly organised by the Global Climate Coalition and many other organisations. Out of these cases, the Yujiashan project was the only practice in China that was selected.

‘Toward Resilience: A Guide to Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation’ (Chinese version) published

The book emphasises the importance of both disaster risk management and climate change adaptation in reducing vulnerability and enhancing the resilience of communities. It also outlines ten fundamental principles of disaster risk management and climate change adaptation, including: increasing awareness of disaster risks and climate change, and enhancing awareness of exposure, vulnerability and capacity. Furthermore, it addresses how the ten principles can be applied in key areas like livelihoods, food security, natural resources, education and health. It also provides implementation guidelines and cases for reference.

Two workshops, organised by Oxfam, were launched in September 2015 to facilitate the adaptation of the ten principles into China’s context. More than 40 partners and media representatives participated.

Side Event ‘Climate Change and Climate Finance Mechanism’ held at Climate Conference in Paris (COP21)

Climate funding has been Oxfam’s focus in climate negotiations, while climate adaptation financing is one of the keys to promoting adaptation work in China. As such, Oxfam released the ‘Research report on climate change adaptation financing in support for poverty alleviation in China’ during a side event held at the China Pavilion on 9 December, 2015.

We work with the Oxfam confederation based on our experience in China to address climate change issues during annual UN climate talks. Together with various partners, we also advocate that rich countries provide developing countries with climate finance to combat climate change.

 

Asian Women Farmer Forum in Sri Lanka

Oxfam participated in the Asian Women Farmer Forum on climate change and disaster risk reduction held in December 2015 in Sri Lanka. The forum brought nearly 50 NGO staff and community representatives from 12 countries together.

Women representatives from different Asian countries shared their experience in climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction and land rights protection. Together with our partners, we also shared project cases and our experience of integrating climate change adaptation and disaster risk management into the livelihood projects in mainland China.