A Territorial Transformation Model: The Dynamic Climate Resilience & Adaptation Model (DCRAM)

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Poster Number:  24 

Main Presenter:    Wittachy Asanka 

Co-Authors:   Yogananthan Muttiah                                               

A Territorial Transformation Model: The Dynamic Climate Resilience & Adaptation Model (DCRAM)
Increasingly countries are facing development challenges which are being exacerbated by climate change. Sri Lanka is exposed to many climate induced hazards and its geography and economy makes it ideal to test a globally replicable methodology for national scale climate mitigation & adaptation. While countries such as Sri Lanka have made great strides towards achieving their NDC and SDG targets, significant challenges remain with on the ground implementation for these measures. Intangible or social factors such as institutional inertia, lack of capacity, corruption and social conflicts create gaps that hinder the effective implementation of strategies. To overcome these challenges, we propose an innovative model called the ‘Dynamic Climate Resilience and Adaptation Model’ (DCRAM), that provides not only a framework but also a practical delivery mechanism for implementation of projects and support policies.
The solution framework of the DCRAM is a communication and coordination structure which will support diverse projects relevant for local climate challenges. One such project is the ‘Revive Project’ which aims to restore degraded forest systems through syntropic forestry practices, whilst simultaneously improving the local hydrology, biodiversity as well as enhancing food security, livelihood and education of local communities. The project will be delivered in conjunction with the Department of Forest Conservation of Sri Lanka and work with communities, schools, authorities as well as farmers to achieve long term self- sustainability of their local forest systems. Other projects within the framework will focus on other climate hazards and each project will amalgamate multiple globally tested climate solutions into practical, low cost, low tech, scalable, community driven interventions that address one or more climate impacts. The projects are designed to concurrently achieve climate
resilience, poverty alleviation, livelihood development, education, and productivity enhancement within vulnerable communities.
The added value of DCRAM is also that it provides a detailed step-by-step implementation & operational manual, which authorities and civil society in all countries can use to implement a wide variety of climate solutions in a cohesive and interconnected manner, whilst working with all concerned parties at grassroots level. This will allow for effective implementation of coordinated climate mitigation measures at national scale despite the obstacles which presently reduce their effectiveness.

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