These case studies provide practical insights for policymakers, practitioners and local communities on how to support and engage in community-based climate action.  They also highlight the important role that community empowerment and traditional knowledge play in finding and implementing climate mitigation and adaptation strategies. 

Collaborative Management


 Photo credit, Tom Miller

Photo credit, Tom Miller

Explore how the villages of Selkie and Alavi came together to create an innovative governance model for watershed restoration in North Karelia, Finland. The collaborative management, or co-management, approach to the Jukajoki (pronounced yu-ka-yoki) watershed restoration project delivers measurable environmental outcomes, and is changing how local and traditional knowledge is considered and incorporated into natural resource management and climate action. 

Over a two-year period, from 2014-2015, OPOE worked closely with Selkie and Alavi village members to collect insight on the value of natural resources, new approaches to resource management, and the cultural traditions that continue to link these communities to their natural environment.  It is through partnership that we are able to share these community perspectives and highlight their innovative community-led approach to governance.

Community Capacity


 Photo credit, Tom Miller

Photo credit, Tom Miller

St. Vincent and the Grenadines, a Small Island Developing State in the Eastern Caribbean, is extremely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.  However, this isn’t stopping citizens, community groups, and the government from taking action.  In fact, an understanding of local vulnerability is serving as a catalyst for action across sectors and scales.  Explore how three communities across the country are finding the inspiration to build their resilience in the face of a changing climate. 

OPOE is able to share these community experiences and efforts thanks to the generosity of staff working in the Ministry of Transport, Works, Urban Development and Local Government, the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment, and the Directorate of Grenadines Affairs, as well as community leaders with Radio Grenadines, the Environmental Attackers, and Sustainable Grenadines on Union Island.

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