SLYCAN Trust has launched a capacity-building exercise on integrating heat stress management into climate policies and developing guidelines for gender-sensitive heat adaptation planning in Sri Lanka.
The fifth IPCC assessment report published in 2014 highlighted the fact that humans are the main cause of global warming and provided an overview of the current and projected global impacts of climate change. The IPCC AR6 WGII report updates these findings and additionally puts a special focus on the regional and sectoral impacts of climate change, making it a very valuable resource for regional and national adaptation planning.
The impacts of climate change are starkly visible in countries across the world. Extreme weather events such as floods, droughts, and storms, but also long-term processes such as sea level rise, increasing day- and nighttime temperatures, soil degradation, and salinization affect households, communities, and societies. Agriculture, water resources, fisheries, and forestry are among the most climate-vulnerable sectors, but all aspects of national and local economies are faced with their own sets of risks, liabilities, and transformations.
As the world is increasingly recognizing the urgency of building resilient food systems, it is paramount to ensure that food system transition happens in a just and fair manner that includes everyone. This requires a holistic multi-actor approach globally, regionally, nationally, and locally, targeting not only policy and technological interventions but also changes in attitudes and sociocultural systems.
Human food choices and food systems are inextricably linked with climate change. From crop cultivation to fisheries and from forestry to lab-grown meat, there are strong bonds between food production, sustainable development, adaptation, and mitigation. Food systems have economic, social, and environmental components that encompass production methods, input supplies, land and water use, energy, processing, pollution, waste management, labor conditions, financing, marketing, distribution, governance, and many more. Right now, livestock is one of the largest and most complex food systems in the world, and it is connected to climate change in three major ways.
Climate change impacts threaten agriculture and food security in Sri Lanka. With impacts of floods and droughts experienced the last decade, many agriculture communities are highly vulnerable and unable to carry out their livelihoods.
As part of SLYCAN Trust’s research on climate and disaster risk and risk transfer in Sri Lanka, our team engages with primary food producers and farming communities to understand how climate change impacts their livelihoods and how they manage climate risks. These insights are documented in a series of video interviews with farmers in the Sri Lankan dry zone districts of Anuradhapura and Trincomalee, in an attempt to share their realities with a wider audience and amplify their voices.
Mangroves are a vital component of our biodiversity. They are impacted by climate change, and human activity which threaten their survival. However, they are also protectors of our coastline, ecosystems and contribute to generative economic benefits to coastal communities.