Luci Attala (AHA) receives award from the Welsh government
Luci Attala, teaching fellow in the School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology, has received an award from the Welsh government to monitor community adaptation to the escalating effects of climate change in a sub-Saharan context.
In connection with her work with the local not-for-profit organisation,Community Carbon Link (CCL), the Welsh Government have awarded £12,800 to finance the implementation of the Bore Climate Change Adaptation Scheme, included in which is an element to monitor the scheme and evaluate the consequences for the local community.
The CCL, embedded in the national reforestation initiative, Size of Wales, brings communities in Wales together with communities in Africa. Through this initiative Lampeter is now linked with the Giriama in Bore, Kenya.
The Giriama are a small tribe that subsist through charcoal burning which leads to deforestation and the CCL aims to help the community develop alternative sustainable livelihoods.
Their relationship with Lampeter began in 2007 and since then the CCL has distributed over 10,000 cashew trees to the community, helping them to reforest their land, grow a cash crop, re-establish the vital water table, encourage biodiversity and absorb carbon from the atmosphere.
The bulk of the government’s grant money goes directly to Bore to implement a solar powered community irrigation system, a community charging facility and the distribution of low emission cooking stoves.
The overriding purpose of this is to enable the community in Bore to become more resilient and adaptive to the ever increasing effects of climate change.
Luci’s role is to monitor the implementation of the scheme and she will research into the consequences of this relationship between two very different communities, as well as comment on how the enormous changes that are faced by marginalised tribal communities such as this one are being negotiated today.
In association, with the government’s award, the Faculty of Humanities will also be supporting the project by match funding every tree sponsored by a student this term. The event that is set for the second week in December, more details will be announced shortly.
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If you want to order a tree now you can go to this link and do so immediately for the price of £2.00.
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