Climate hot spots: Generating knowledge for an uncertain future
Climate change is felt globally, but particularly in developing countries. Its effects include more frequent and severe flooding, extreme weather, desertification, and rising sea levels. These impacts are ultimately affecting water availability, food security, and livelihoods for millions of people living in vulnerable “climate hotspots” around the world.
The Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) aims to build the resilience of vulnerable populations and their livelihoods to climate change by supporting a network of consortia to conduct high-calibre research and policy engagement in hot spots in Africa and Asia. Jointly funded by IDRC and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), the consortia conducts research in areas including the Himalayan glacier-fed watersheds, major river deltas, and semi-arid regions. Their work explores climate change risks, develops tools to reduce climate vulnerabilities, improves coping capacities locally and nationally, and informs climate change planning and practice.
IDRC’s work in this area aims to:
- Build knowledge on climate risks, vulnerability, and adaptation solutions in four climate change hot spots by bringing leading research institutions together from around the world;
- Inform the development of effective adaptation policy and practices in each of the three hot spots under study; and
- Test the consortia model of conducting collaborative and interdisciplinary research for large-scale impact with the support of custom knowledge management tools and cross-consortia processes for sharing learning.
IDRC supports research in the world’s climate change hot spots
The paper draws on a literature review and a series of case studies to address the research gap related to conducting consortium-based research.
This series profiles the experiences of some of the young researchers working with CARIAA and their efforts to promote learning and knowledge-sharing across regions, contexts, and disciplines.