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Climate Change Adaptation Consulting Services



Scientific and community-based vulnerability assessments

Local, low-input, and culturally appropriate solutions to climate change challenges

Integrated approach to building adaptive capacity and resilience

Helping people to help themselves



Britt consulted with our conservation group to identify meaningful ways for 75 young leaders to identify and plan for climate threats across the Colorado Plateau. She was flexible, adaptive, and a pleasure to work with...Our group was concerned with tackling social and environmental justice across a very broad area, and Britt’s vision and experience helped make that seem accessible. I can’t wait to see the growth that happens over the next several months.
— Claire Martini, Grand Canyon Trust 2016

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Field-Based Learning

The field-study presented these topics in a unique way: students were exposed to the subject firsthand, provided opportunities to observe and inquire, and then asked the hard questions that allow the student to develop their own conclusions. This style of program made for a deeply meaningful field-study.
— Ezra Fradkin
Traveling across the landscape we approached our topic of study through multiple lenses, building upon the material in a deliberate manner...the program enriched my understanding and left me contemplating the multi-faceted impact of climate-change and the approaches needed for communities to adapt and thrive.
— Beth Pecoraro
 

Tell Your Story


Are you doing great work and have a story to tell?

Have us tell it.

Our work has been published in National Geographic Traveller India, The Washington Post, The New Zealand Herald, and many others.

Click on the Images Below to Check out some of our recently published articles and images...

National Geographic Traveller India. Lessons in Laughter in the Solomon Islands. November 2015

National Geographic Traveller India. Lessons in Laughter in the Solomon Islands. November 2015

The New Zealand Herald. Pacific Islanders find hope in face of climate change. July 16, 2015

The New Zealand Herald. Pacific Islanders find hope in face of climate change. July 16, 2015

OceansWatch and Cornell Sailing. Working together to take on climate change. June 2015

OceansWatch and Cornell Sailing. Working together to take on climate change. June 2015

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ABOUT US


Photo Credit Lucy Marcus

Photo Credit Lucy Marcus

 

Britt Basel, Founder

MS Human Dimensions of Natural Resources (Agroecology and Climate Change Adaptation), MS Conservation Leadership, BA Anthropology.

With experience in 38 countries, Britt Basel is an applied scientist, educator, and visual storyteller.

As an applied scientist, Britt specializes in facilitating Community-Based Climate Change Adaptation and Sustainable Natural Resource Management. Her work is focused on community-driven processes incorporating capacity building, ecosystem-based solutions, sustainable livelihoods, social cohesion, and appropriate technology that empower communities to address the challenges they face.

Solutions often include elements of:

  • Integrated watershed management
  • Disaster risk reduction
  • Sustainable water management
  • Agroecology
  • Ecological restoration

Her fieldwork spans working with the United Nations Development Program to direct engagement with small-scale farmers and local resource managers around the world.  As an applied scientist, Britt’s experience includes project design, team management, community-engagement, monitoring, and evaluation.

As an educator, Britt believes in hands-on education that allows students to critically and holistically engage with people and places, including different cultural perspectives/priorities and a whole-systems perspective. She encourages students to use critical analysis, science, and empathy to develop culturally appropriate and sustainable solutions to the issues we confront as a global community. Britt believes that self-awareness, self-reflection, curiosity, and determination are the foundation of becoming a global citizen. She has directly worked with hundreds of students over the last nine years in addition to creating university-level syllabi and curricula.

As a visual storyteller, Britt is a photographer and writer associated with National Geographic. Her other publications include the Washington Post, The New Zealand Herald, and the Outdoor Journal India.

Britt is fluent in English and Spanish.

 

Affiliations



C2O Consulting

C2O Consulting has experienced senior scientists, specialist affiliated scientists and networks within regional organizations, environmental agencies, research and government in Australia, the Pacific and the United States. We specialise in tropical marine and coastal environments and our skills include: climate change vulnerability and adaptation, water quality assessments, community-based natural resource management, marine monitoring, land and sea interactions, fisheries assessments, pollution risk assessments, environmental impacts assessments, and science synthesis. C2O also has field capabilities, with access to specialist equipment and personnel including commercial divers.

Oceanswatch

Teams of experts and skilled volunteers assist communities in small island developing nations with marine and terrestrial ecosystem management including the conservation of biodiversity, sustainable livelihood projects, environmental education and to build their capacity to handle the changes associated with climate change. OceansWatch also assists with disaster preparedness and recovery, including medical outreach. Work is accomplished by use of sailing yachts, allowing the teams to access remote and highly vulnerable regions.

La Mano del Mono

Based in Chiapas, Mexico, La Mano del Mono unites local hands to make global changes. Projects generate local employment and conserve forests, while supporting ecotourism, environmental education and experiential learning.

The American Gap Association

As determined by the Department of Justice, The American Gap Association,  sets the standards for Gap Years in North America. Their work focuses in four main areas: Quality & Safety (using the AGA standards and accreditation process), Research, Awareness Raising, and Socio-Economic Parity to open the doors for more young people to be exposed to this form of experiential education and growth.  AGA works with colleges to design Gap Year opportunities for their students, students and parents, educational counselors, and, of course, Gap Year providers. 

Carpe Diem Education

Carpe Diem Education offers gap-year and accredited-semester programs experiential education programs around the globe with a focus on offering programs that are accessible to the greatest diversity of students aged 18-22. Through service, travel, community and cultural exchange – students receive a unique and personal insight into themselves and the cultures they live within.