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Climate • Communities • Wildlife 
February 2021: Climate Crowd in Mozambique and a Community College Collaboration in the US
In the News...
In December and January, tropical cyclones Eloise and Chalane made landfall in Mozambique, less than two years after cyclones Idai and Kenneth brought widespread destruction to the country. A recent article highlights the work of WWF-Mozambique in collaboration with Climate Crowd, WWF Netherlands and the WWF Freshwater Practice to better understand and address the country's growing vulnerability to climate change.
 
According to the Global Climate Risk Index, Mozambique ranked #1 out of countries most affected by climate change in 2019
New report on adaptation strategies in the Zambezi Delta
Part of the work highlighted above includes a new report commissioned by WWF-Mozambique, which provides an in-depth analysis of 250 Climate Crowd interviews carried out in 50 rural communities in the Zambezi Delta. Though flooding and destructive winds from tropical cyclones have caused considerable damage, drought has reportedly caused equal if not greater disruptions to livelihoods. With river levels extremely low, fish production has plummeted and farmers have resorted to growing crops in river beds. 
Above: The report mentions charcoal selling as an alternative income source. In some areas, mangroves are cut for charcoal production leading to their rapid decline. 
Climate Crowd partners with Community College of Baltimore County
Over the last five months, students participating in an honors statistics course at the Community College of Baltimore County have conducted research using statistical analysis of Climate Crowd data, culminating in a  final report and presentation. Students explored topics that include: the impacts of climate change on food systems in southern Africa, heatwaves in South America, deforestation in Central Africa, effects of drought on natural resources in Central America, and water and pasture availability in Tanzania. Now in our second year of collaboration, Climate Crowd and CCBC kicked-off our third cohort last week!
WWF’s Climate, Communities and Wildlife program researches how wildlife and rural communities are being impacted by climate change, and develops and implements solutions to help them adapt. Projects include Climate Crowd, the Wildlife Adaptation Innovation Fund, and the Wildlife and Climate assessment series
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Banner photos: © Nikhil Advani / WWF-US; Tropical Cyclone Eloise: NASA Earth Observatory image by Lauren Dauphin, using VIIRS data from NASA EOSDIS LANCE, GIBS/Worldview, and the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership; Charcoal selling in Mozambique: © Green Renaissance / WWF-US
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