Climate Change Resilience
The countries where blueEnergy works are extremely vulnerable to climate change due to the increase in frequency and intensity of extreme climate events, including hurricanes, floods, landslides, drought, and rising sea levels. Extreme weather events can exacerbate and increase poverty, gender-based violence, food insecurity, and the inability to access clean water, hygiene, and sanitation. Because climate change intersects with all of these different issues, blueEnergy’s climate change resilience initiative in Nicaragua aims to address them through an intersectional, integrative lens. The initiative is transversal across all three programs of Food Security and Agroecology, WASH, and Renewable Energy.
Methods & Approaches
Climate Smart Schools
The “Climate Smart Schools” program is a project with four schools in the region, which focuses on the integration of water, sanitation, hygiene, energy, and food security in both the Caribbean and Pacific side of Nicaragua in the face of extreme climatic events like hurricanes and tropical storms.
Local Plan of Adaptation to Climate Change
The Local Plans of Adaptation to Climate Change (PLACCs) are community-developed plans that aim to increase adaptive capacity and resilience to climate change, examining community hazards and vulnerabilities, as well as community capacities and resources.
Prepared & Model Families
blueEnergy’s “Model Families” are highly motivated beneficiaries who demonstrate, validate, and share good practices and technologies for adaptation to Climate Change at the family level. In turn, they inspire and motivate local adaptation to the new climate reality in the communities of the southern Caribbean coast of Nicaragua through example and community advocacy.
Noda Model Center
Training workshops on the biointensive method and agroecology are organized at the blueEnergy Noda Model Center, recognized as a "Biointensive Agroecology Center", an official place of learning and dissemination of the method at the regional and national levels.
Climate Smart Schools
Families and Communities Prepared for Climate Change
2014 - Present
Increasing hurricanes and tropical storms were destroying crops and seeds of the indigenous Rama population south of Bluefields. In the context of a new program of adaptation to climate change at the local university BICU, Martina Luger associated herself with blueEnergy in 2014 and studied the traditional ecological and agricultural practices in Rama territory, initiating a seed conservation bank.
Meanwhile in Bluefield's neighborhoods, houses and roads were destroyed. blueEnergy coordinated a cartography of the risks caused by climate change, in the urban area. Inhabitant committees described with great detail the positive and negative aspects of their environment, and their work led to several local plans of adaptation to climate change, presented to municipal and regional authorities.
Green Islands Campaign: Good Living, Good Life