Development Alternatives (DA) is committed to create climate change awareness and communicate the need to build resilience against climate change for marginalised communities in the Bundelkhand region of Central India. The rural poor and indigenous people are the most vulnerable and adversely affected by the consequences of climate change. These poor and vulnerable are the least able to cope or voice out their stresses related to climate change. Moreover, sustainable development efforts related to climate change adaptation and mitigation have been limited at the local and grassroots level. In Bundelkhand, these have been particularly low. Communities in such vulnerable regions need strategies to adapt to climate change.
DA projects have led to new and effective solutions for tackling the problems of trafficking of women (later adopted by UNDP and USAID), minimising the health hazards from pollution caused by mining and quarrying operations, and creating new job opportunities for people in communities stressed by growing resource scarcities.
Over the years, more than a dozen projects on resource management practices of indigenous peoples have been undertaken, with particular reference to common property resource management systems.