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CLIMATE CHANGE
A discussion paper for the 2010 IVCO conference
by Philip Mulligan
This paper was written by Philip Mulligan, a former VSO Country Director (Indonesia),and CEO of Environmental Protection UK. Philip is now Director of UNA in the UK.Brian Rockliffe and Christina Jenkins have edited the paper for FORUM.
 
International FORUM on Development ServiceFORUM International du Volontariat pour le Développement
www.forum-ids.org
 
FORUM Discussion Paper – Climate Change
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Foreward................................................................................................................................ 2Glossary of Terms ................................................................................................................ 3Climate Change..................................................................................................................... 6
Current thinking on climate change..................................................................................... 6Climate change will affect all programmes .......................................................................... 6Climate change is not going away ...................................................................................... 6The poor are affected dispproportionately .......................................................................... 7Climate change is a social justice issue .............................................................................. 7Uncertain outcomes in international negotiations ............................................................... 7
Key Strategic Questions ...................................................................................................... 8
Where is there most need? ................................................................................................. 8Where can agencies have most impact? ............................................................................ 8What can volunteer agencies influence / change? .............................................................. 8How seriously should agencies take climate change issues? ............................................. 8
Key Strategic Choices .......................................................................................................... 9
Option One – Addressing our own carbon footprints .......................................................... 9Option Two – Mainstreaming climate change across programmes .................................. 11Option Three – Addressing climate change though programmes in secure livelihoods / natural resource management .......................................................................................... 12Option Four – Deliberately focus on climate change as a key programme area .............. 14Option Five – Advocacy and global education .................................................................. 15
Recommended Options and Rationale ............................................................................. 16
Classical option ................................................................................................................. 16Stretch option .................................................................................................................... 17
 
FORUM Discussion Paper – Climate Change
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Foreword
 
This is the sixth in a series of discussion papers produced by FORUM, which follows on fromour research work on trends in international volunteering and co-operation in recent years.One of the key trends identified in this time has been how climate change affects us asInternational Volunteer and Co-operation Organisations (IVCOs).This paper aims to consider some of the implications of climate change, what we can learnfrom this and identify some challenges for the future.The views expressed in this paper are not necessarily those of FORUM or its Members or ofthe organisations for whom the author works. The responsibility for these views rests withthe author alone.Deborah Snelson, Chair of FORUM
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FORUM
 
The International FORUM on Development Service (known as “FORUM”) is the mostsignificant global network of International Volunteer Co-operation Organisations. FORUMaims to share information, develop good practice and enhance co-operation and supportbetween its Members. Together, FORUM Members explore innovative practice and researchkey contemporary issues, focusing on organisational learning and improved practice. Thisinformation is shared in person, at conferences and via the website.
FORUM is a “virtual” organisation as well as a global one. We have grown our globalMembership to include Associate Members.
FORUM holds an annual conference to meet, share, learn and support each other.
Members continue to find the FORUM network an invaluable resource and want us tocontinue the opportunities for learning and exchange, especially through researchand conference/workshops.
FORUM is resourced by Membership subscriptions, the staff time and budgets of theorganisations providing the Chair and Executive Board of Officers as well asoccasional grants.The purpose of FORUM is to promote co-operation between Members:
To provide a framework for exchange of information and experience on internationaldevelopment co-operation.
To promote joint activities and/or collaboration amongst Members.
To advocate and increase public awareness about the relationship betweeninternational volunteering and development issues such as, social justice and peace,human rights and a sustainable environment.
To promote the movement of development service towards increased reciprocity andexchange.
To promote the interests, values and activities of Members

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