Project Rationale: How to write Proposals on Projects addressing Climate Change

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It is important to justify the importance of implementing or proposing a project to address climate change and global warming in the most convincing manner; therefore, the project rationale should be an analysis of the problem related to climate change in our area. For example, we may be working in an area with 70% forest cover but recently, due to continuous deforestation activity, we have observed change in the weather.

Besides, this may have also caused soil degradation and droughts in the area nearby, affecting agricultural crops and livestock and causing food security problems for the people. If this situation has been observed, it is important to carry out quick research through interaction with the stakeholders: the community, village councils, CBOs, the governmental agencies, the private sector and other organizations working in the area. If the problem has been discussed with them, it is also possible to arrive at a solution like planting extra trees. This should be carefully documented in the project rationale of the proposal.

We should also make sure that we provide evidence to what we write. While community interviews can be quoted, it would also help if we use some relevant research-based data on the issue we write. There may be forest research reports that carry statistical data on the number of tree reduced in the project area. There could also be meteorological data informing us about the changes in the weather. These sources will help us make the proposal more convincing.