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Adaptation Community Meeting: Broadening the Climate Change Adaptation Toolkit – Lessons from Social and Behavior Change
Adaptation to climate change may require changes to behavior in both the short and long term. In the short term, changes may be relatively small, but in the long term, individuals and societies may need to make fundamental shifts, such as moving away from highly exposed locations and growing different crops, that involve large societal changes. The uptake of adaptive practices or actions that enhance adaptation hinges on the ability and willingness of individuals to change how they do things, which is determined by an array of socio-economic, political, and cultural factors. Transformative change occurs when there is broad-based understanding of the problem and feasible options for action, in addition to incentives to implement those actions. Other disciplines, such as health and biodiversity conservation have developed social and behavior change methodologies and approaches, designed to encourage individuals and societies to adopt different behaviors. This panel brings together representatives from across USAID to share perspectives and lessons on how to catalyze SBC as a tool to enhance resilience to climate change.
Nga Kim Nguyen is the Senior Water, Sanitation and Hygiene and Social Behavior Change Adviser at USAID's Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition. Nga brings over 15 years of field experience in social and behavior change across Asia and Africa. She led a large-scale handwashing with soap promotion program for the World Bank in Vietnam, and has supported governments, NGOs and USAID Missions to develop and implement behavior change initiatives in WASH, environment and maternal & child health. She holds a Masters of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a BA in International Affairs and Business from Ohio Wesleyan University.
Megan Hill, MPA, is an Environment Protection Specialist in USAID's Office of Forestry and Biodiversity. She supports USAID's biodiversity and counter wildlife trafficking portfolio, and leads coordination of demand reduction activities using a social and behavioral change approach. She has worked both in Washington and the field with USAID, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Conservation International, Rare, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She has a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Washington, Masters in Environmental Science course work from Johns Hopkins University, and a BA in International Relations and French from Carroll College.
Veronique Lee Buehler is a Program Manager for the USAID Adaptation Thought Leadership and Assessments (ATLAS) project. She supports the project’s work at the intersection of governance and climate change adaptation and has led ATLAS’s work on social and behavior change. She has a Master of Arts in International Relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
Tegan Blaine is a Senior Climate Change Advisor at USAID, where she provides strategic thinking and technical analysis on climate change climate change programs and climate risk management for the Africa region. Prior, she worked at McKinsey and the U.S. Department of State. Tegan has a Ph.D. in climate from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. She also taught math and physics in Tanzania.