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Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions

People living in Africa and South Asia's semi-arid regions face challenges that hinder their economic growth and development. This project seeks to find proactive, longer-term approaches to climate change adaptation in these vulnerable regions, while helping locals manage existing risks.

Short-term focus must shift
So far, responses to climate threats in these regions have focused mainly on short-term solutions, such as early warning systems, famine relief, and soil and water conservation. However, long-term climate projections suggest that a more profound response will be needed by mid-century. The research team will respond to this knowledge and development gap through a program involving regional diagnostic studies, research, knowledge synthesis, and information sharing in semi-arid regions.

Long-term, sustainable adaptation
The project, which falls under IDRC's Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia program, draws on a number of disciplines found in the five consortium partners. It will address the complex interactions between climate, biophysical, social, political, and economic dynamics. The project team will integrate research on each of these aspects through transformative scenario planning, which is an effective methodology for bringing sometimes disparate stakeholders together to address complex problems.

Results to support adaptation to climate change
The project will generate credible information that decision-makers and others can use to develop robust adaptation strategies. Research teams will conduct their work in several countries across Africa and South Asia.

The results are expected to help these regions shift from their current adaptation practices and policies into a mode that achieves proactive, widespread adaptation. With that, vulnerable groups will gain the skills and adaptive strategies they need to enhance their livelihoods over the long-term.

Project ID
107640
Project Status
Completed
End Date
Duration
57 months
IDRC Officer
Sandra Gagnon
Total Funding
CA$ 13,260,395.00
Location
South Asia
Programs
Climate Change
Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia
Institution Country
India
Project Leader
Aromar Revi
Institution
Indian Institute for Human Settlements
Institution Country
United Kingdom
Project Leader
Daniel Morchain
Institution
OXFAM
Institution Country
South Africa
Project Leader
Mark New
Institution
University of Cape Town
Institution Country
United States
Project Leader
Mary Thompson-Hall
Institution
START International, Inc.
Institution Country
United Kingdom
Project Leader
Professor Declan Conway
Institution
International Development UEA

Outputs

Paper

Regional climate messages for South Asia

Brief

Forward-looking, inclusive governance arrangements across different scales are a critical enabler for adaptation : an ASSAR cross-regional insight

Paper

Stakeholder and influence network mapping exercise with the government, development and research actors in Namibia

Paper

Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change in Semi-Arid Areas in India