A range of policy and practice resources related to the issue of environmental sustainability are listed below.

Country climate profiles

Country climate profiles have been developed with input from climate scientists. They summarise how countries are likely to be affected by climate change. They assist readers in understanding potential climate change impacts, when designing development and humanitarian assistance projects.

Key (but not all) climate impacts are summarised by sector.

Angola (PDF 429 KB)North-east Brazil (PDF 488 KB), Chad (PDF 404 KB), Ethiopia (PDF 465 KB)Kenya (PDF 358 KB)Malawi (PDF 263 KB)Nepal (PDF 675 KB)Rwanda and Burundi (PDF 22 KB)Tanzania (PDF 921 KB)Uganda (PDF 306 KB)Zambia (PDF 416 KB)Zimbabwe (PDF 650 KB)

Note: Tearfund is not able to guarantee the absolute accuracy of these documents, or the frequency of their update. Any decisions made on the basis of their content should be cross-checked from an independent scientific source.

Click on this link to access further climate profiles developed by UNDP: country-profiles.geog.ox.ac.uk 


Relevant Tearfund discussion documents and policy papers  

Tearfund does research and policy work: on climate change; disaster prevention and preparedness; water, sanitation and hygiene; and food security. Click on the links below to find the reports that have been written as part of this work:

Climate change
Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)

Food security

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

Other resources on WASH can be accessed here.

Theology of creation care (PDF 200 KB) – this statement provides a clear theological argument for the importance of creation care and stewardship.

Climate scepticism and climate science guide (PDF 707 KB)  Tearfund's response to climate sceptics.


Relevant ROOTS guides

ROOTS guides aim to help local development agencies in their work. They provide detailed information on relevant topics. They are designed to help staff study and use them together.

ROOTS 13 – Environmental sustainability (PDF 800 KB)
ROOTS 9 – Reducing risk of disasters in our communities (PDF 952 KB)


Relevant PILLARS guides

PILLARS Guides provide practical, discussion-based learning on community development. The guides are designed for use in small community groups such as youth groups, church groups, women’s groups, farmer groups and literacy groups.

PILLARS – Preparing for disaster (PDF 2.3 MB)  


Relevant Footsteps magazines

Footsteps is published several times a year and shares information, ideas, contacts and experience in a Christian context at grassroots level. It encourages the practical outworking of integral mission in all aspects of local development work.

Footsteps 20 – Environment (PDF 892 MB)
Footsteps 32 – Food security (PDF 784 MB)
Footsteps 41 – Land (PDF 1.2 MB)
Footsteps 47 – Biodiversity (PDF 848 KB)
Footsteps 51 – Water (PDF 807 KB)
Footsteps 54 – Household agriculture (PDF 746 KB)
Footsteps 59 - Pollution (PDF 809 KB)
Footsteps 70 – Agriculture and climate change (PDF 472 KB)
Footsteps 77 – Food security (PDF 541 KB)
Footsteps 82 – Natural resources (PDF 419 KB)