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A look at how our Soils help to combat climate change in their role of sequestering CO2, and how our collective habits can damage this benefit with potentially devastating consequences.

The video looks at mainstreaming adaptation to climate change in the work of district and regional governments, producers´ associations and local population. The project implements a set of activities to improve the capacities of regional and local authorities and rural families and support sustainable and adaptive agricultural production and natural resources management.

Honduras, in Central America is home to some eight million people. Agriculture is the main source of income for many families. The country is also highly susceptible to adverse natural events such as hurricanes and droughts. Measures to mitigate the impact of these shocks are focused on strengthening the adaptation capacity of households. Lempira and El Paraíso are two departments where a success story of sustainable agriculture is in place. The Quesungual system – which has received strong community backing – has increased food production and stabilized food security. It has helped rehabilitate entire agro-ecosystems and stem soil erosion.

Questions &Answers with Milton Haughton, Executive Director of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), on disaster risk management and adaptation to climate change in the Caribbean fisheries sector.

The Caribbean is one of the most hazard prone regions. The fishing communities are amongst the most vulnerable to these hazards. With the support from FAO, the region has developed a comprehensive strategy to ensure fisheries policies and action are developed with disaster risk management and climate change adaptation in mind.

Climate change in the highlands is manifested mainly through extreme events such as prolonged drought periods, short periods of heavy rain, and extreme cold during winter. To cope with these phenomena, some Andean populations make use of ichu grass. This native grass is part of the natural land cover, whose tender shoots are eaten by animals. Because of its  cylindrical hard and smooth stem, which is also waterproof, it is used to build the roofs of houses. During the day it is heated by the sun and increases room temperature, while in the afternoons and evenings, it maintains a comfortable temperature inside the protected spaces. It also plays important roles for the territory, mitigating the kinetic of rain on the soil, as well as contributing to soil fertility and carbon sequestration.