Climate change has become one of the major factors that hinder global sustainable development and one of the main reasons why developing countries tend to fall into and remain in poverty.
To cope with climate change and tackle poverty, climate risk management or emission reduction is only part of the solution. A more effective approach is to integrate climate change adaptation and mitigation measures into traditional sustainable development programmes in the community, so as to enhance the resilience of the people and their ability to adapt to climate change. With enhanced capacity, people will be able to improve their own livelihoods and escape poverty.
In light of this, Oxfam Hong Kong has initiated the ‘Low-Carbon Adaptation and Poverty Alleviation Programme’ (LAPA). It aims to explore a feasible approach that combines climate change adaptation, low-carbon development and poverty alleviation for sustainable development in rural communities, through interaction and cooperation with the government at all levels, research institutes, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), the private sector and the media. A gender-sensitive participatory approach has also been incorporated into the programme. The pilot scheme has been implemented in Yujiashan Village, Tingkou Town, Xianyang City, Shaanxi Province in China.