About

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Climate Crowd is a collaborative effort led by WWF to fill critical information gaps to inform improved conservation and development activities that help people adapt to change while reducing pressure on biodiversity. 

Far removed from decision-making bodies and financial resources, many rural communities are left to their own devices to cope with changes in weather and climate. Although we can learn a lot from their experiences, little attention has been devoted to understanding how these communities are responding to these changes and how their actions may affect biodiversity. 

Through interviews with community members and personal observations, Climate Crowd partners collect information from the field and submit it to wwfclimatecrowd.org. WWF curates submissions and shares collected data for use by researchers, educators, conservation and development practitioners and policy-makers. WWF also shares stories from our partners to raise awareness of the immediate impacts of climate change across the globe. We also support promising, small projects that aim to help communities and wildlife adapt to change.

Visit the Participate page to see how you can submit data to contribute to this effort, and the Home  page to browse and download reports that have been submitted.

This work is in part funded by a generous grant from the Alcoa Foundation

ALCOA FOUNDATION

Data collection is also made possible, in part, by USAID through its support of ABCG, a coalition of seven US-based international conservation NGOs with extensive field programs in Africa.

AFRICA BIODIVERSITY COLLABORATIVE GROUP

Why?

“Indigenous, local, and traditional knowledge systems and practices, including indigenous peoples’ holistic view of community and environment, are a major resource for adapting to climate change, but these have not been used consistently in existing adaptation efforts. Integrating such forms of knowledge with existing practices increases the effectiveness of adaptation.” 

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, WGII AR5 (2014)

“A glaring oversight in almost all studies is that they only focused on the direct impacts of climate change. Indirect impacts within biological communities, as well as changes in human use of natural resources are going to have substantial, complex, and often multiplicative impacts on species. Thus, many current assessments are blind to the fact that the interactions between current threats and climate change are likely to be pro-found. Moreover, the growing human population will itself be increasingly affected by climate change, with human adaptation responses likely to result in substantial and negative impacts on biodiversity. Assessments of future impacts of climate change need to take these factors into account.”

Pacifici et al., 2015. Assessing species vulnerability to climate change. Nature Climate Change 5: 215-225.

For more information

  • NIKHIL ADVANI

    Lead Specialist,
    Climate Change Adaptation
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  • SHAUN MARTIN

    Senior Director,
    Climate Change Adaptation
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  • REBECCA SNYDER

    Program Officer,
    Climate Change Adaptation

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