Voices from Adaptation Futures 2016

by Daimen Hardie on May 13, 2016

Clockwise from top left:


"We have the knowledge.  We have the motivation.  Please, we need your partnership - what do you need from us?"

- Siti Bakar Makame of Pemba Island shares stories of women farmers combatting inequality and poverty while pioneering adaptive approaches to food production.


"It is the realization of who they are that makes people create their own realities."

- Paul Nalau of Vanuatu sharing traditional ecological knowledge and lessons of resilience from indigenous culture.


"We need dignity, not charity. Private sector must create value at grassroots."

- H.R.H. Princess Abze Djigma of the Mossi Kingdom / Burkina Faso highlighting the importance of leveling the playing field to build trust and deep change.




Adaptation Futures is the biennial conference of the Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA).  It is a global gathering of academics, practitioners, policymakers and business people designed to share groundbreaking adaptation practices and solutions. 

The 4th international conference was hosted in Rotterdam this past week and Community Forests International was honored to receive an invitation to present on the organization's work.  Our colleague, Siti Bakar Makame, added a much-needed perspective to the conversation.  She is an adaptation professional, an innovator, a woman, and a citizen of a vulnerable small island state.  Siti, the entire Community Forests Pemba team, and the communities we work with are already personally adapting to climate change.  They represent the future, and are taking personal risks so that we may all learn how to better achieve the fundamental changes necessary to restore balance to our societies and planet. 

We are all very proud to be a part of this movement, and honored to work alongside some of its most important leaders.


Siti Makame tending permaculture research and demonstration plots at the Rural Innovation Campus - Pemba, Zanzibar


“We can think and act - at the same time - at three levels.  The first one is the global level . . . The second level is national and subnational . . .

The most crucial, and the closest to my heart, is the local level – that is, the individual, personal, human level. 

This is where it should happen.  Adaptation cannot be technology-centered.  It is about quality of life.”

- Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)


CFP Agricultural Officer, Siti Makame, presenting at the Adaptation Futures roundtable "Joining forces: tackling adaptation, alleviating poverty and inequalities"

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