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Society is being mobilised to take climate action

Everyone contributes to climate change, and everyone is impacted by it. Raising awareness of the consequences of climate change and potential solutions can help mobilise society to take action and ensure political decisions benefit both people and nature in the long term. It is essential that communities participate actively in decision-making, and that local experience informs decisions at all levels. This engagement ensures appropriate and sustainable solutions recognize local needs and vulnerabilities.

  • Case Study 1

    Connecting birds and people helps mobilise climate change action

    The National Audubon Society (BirdLife in the USA) is mobilizing its network of volunteers (‘climate ambassadors’) across the country to use their passion for birds to inspire others. Drawing on the latest social science on the importance of interpersonal communication and social cues to create behavioral and opinion change, they are using a conversations-based approach to grow the demand for solutions–while protecting the places on the ground birds need now and in a warmer world.

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    Connecting birds and people helps mobilise climate change action

    Wood Thrush Photo: Justin Cook

  • Case Study 2

    Empowering Burundi’s Serukubeze community to take climate action

    The Association Burundaise for the protection of Nature (BirdLife in Burundi) is working with the Serukubeze community to help them better manage their ecosystems in the face of climate change. ABN helps community assess their own vulnerability to climate change and identify locally appropriate solutions. Through this participatory process, the community was empowered to engage with their local government and integrate ecosystem-based adaptation strategies into the municipality development plan. This will ensures that local development enhances the resilience of people and the ecosystems.

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    Empowering Burundi’s Serukubeze community to take climate action

    Planning adaptation actions in Ruyigi, Burundi Photo: Albert Schenk

  • Case Study 3

    Exchanging knowledge and lessons in East Africa helps communities cope with climate change

    In Kenya, 18 communities from across the nation meet annually to exchange experiences and learn new strategies for coping with climate change at IBAs. Through collective learning and training, the network developed and are implementing climate mitigation and adaptation strategies for addressing climate change across Kenya.

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    Exchanging knowledge and lessons in East Africa helps communities cope with climate change

    Adaptation knowledge-sharing among Kenyan communities Photo: Edward Perry

  • Case Study 4

    Many data gaps and uncertainties remain in projected impacts of climate change on birds

    Although we know that climate change is already impacting birds across the globe, and impacts are projected to worsen, there is still much uncertainty surrounding these projections:

    • Uncertainties in emission trajectories and climate projections
    • Poor understanding of the impacts of extreme events
    • Few projections for species in Latin America, the Pacific, and for seabirds
    • Little information on dispersal ability of birds
    • Few data on impacts on ecosystem services and implications for people
    • Gaps in information for integrating adaptation into planning and across sectors
    • Socioeconomic data gaps for evaluating impacts and effectiveness of nature-based solutions