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LWR & Climate

Supporting Community Adaptation & Mitigation

More frequent and severe weather events. Extreme rainfall: either too much, or not enough. All are signs of a changing climate that disproportionately affects vulnerable and marginalized communities.

Changing climates are impacting livelihoods, threatening food and water security, and creating risks for millions of poor people. Changes in rainfall, temperature, and seasons threaten agricultural production and even shift suitable growing areas for key crops. At the same time that agriculture is deeply affected by changing climates, agricultural practices such as land clearance, the use of chemical fertilizers, and others are themselves major contributors to greenhouse gas emissions.


Adaptation & Mitigation

Helping communities be better prepared for natural disasters — as well as embrace innovative climate smart agriculture practices — are key elements in building resilient communities and strong local economies.

LWR takes a systems approach to engage a range of stakeholders in program design and implementation, and strengthens civil society so that local organizations are prepared for and able to respond to the effects of climate change.

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A wind turbine generator installed in the community of Morowisha, Cajamarca, Perú

Core Programs

Climate Smart Agriculture

LWR protects smallholder farmer agricultural assets in the face of changing climates and environmental degradation, through climate change adaptation and mitigation actions, focused on conservation agriculture and sustainable land management approaches.

CSA addresses various components of a sustainable production system, including:

  • environmentally friendly cropping practices (such as agro-forestry models, crop diversification),
  • access to improved inputs (drought-tolerant seed varieties),
  • soil conservation and nutrient management, and
  • sustainable water access and use, to foster resilient ecosystems and resources.

Community-Based Disaster Risk Management

LWR harnesses local capacities and resources to reduce underlying risk factors, increase community awareness of hazards, and build a culture of safety and resilience.

LWR’s programs address the distinct vulnerabilities of women, youth, elderly and the disabled, and work closely with government agencies, as well as local community systems, structures and organizations, to sustain these initiatives.

LWR supports:

  • community risk mapping,
  • early warning systems,
  • evacuation route identification and signage,
  • construction of infrastructure,
  • training,
  • and much more.

Emerging Programs

Renewable Energy

LWR promotes sustainable solutions to growing energy needs and scales up successful pilot experiences in renewable energy — including wind, solar, micro-hydropower — for greater impact and cost-effectiveness.

LWR’s programs promote the development of renewable energy technologies and enhance demand for these technologies, train communities in system operation, and document the impact of renewable energy on communities’ health, well-being and the environment.


LWR protects communities’ natural assets from degradation through replanted, revitalized and well-managed forests.

LWR promotes the:

  1. conservation,
  2. rehabilitation and
  3. sustainable utilization of forests and related land resources in partnership with local governments and civil society organizations.

Reforestation programs support capacity of community-based groups to provide leadership and awareness on forest management, environmental education in the classroom, alternative economic development opportunities for populations who depend on forests for their livelihoods, and promote the sustainable harvesting of forest products.

In the longer-term, LWR seeks to strengthen community participation in national frameworks and policy debate.