Launch of the collaborative adaptation research initiative in africa and asia

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Published on March 10, 2014

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Climate change is one of the issues affecting parts of Africa and Asia. For this reason, a group of researchers have come together to analyse ways in which the communities affected can be helped for sustainable living.

Launch of the Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) on 7th March 2014 launched the Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA), a 7 year initiative which amounts to a $70 million investment from the two institutions. The main aim of the launch is to enable experts from different disciplines come together with innovative solutions that will help solve the problems facing the three main “hot spots”- semi-arid regions, Himalayan river basins and Deltas. This will also help researchers have a better understanding of climate change and adaptation in the specified regions as relevant knowledge will be shared and innovations encouraged. Present in the Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) was IDRC President Jean Lebel. “The research will produce practical advice for policy makers and local decision makers. It will help business leaders, economic ministries, and regional economic communities develop policies and investment strategies that reduce poverty while strengthening adaptation,” said IDRC President Jean Lebel. “I am particularly encouraged to see that the programme aims to work at all levels and plans to engage stakeholders from local to national, regional and international levels from the outset. Particularly significant is the focus of this programme on bridging research to policy and practice. This process of collaborative development will be important in ensuring the evidence is useful to the relevant decision makers,” said Virinder Sharma- Climate Change Advisor DFID Kenya. The Hotspots Semi-arid regions: These regions are characterised by warm temperatures, drought and changes in precipitation which undermine food security. When the water levels become low in these areas then agricultural productivity is hampered. The most affected in such areas are the poor farmers and pastoralists. The end result is bad economic growth, increase in poverty, insufficient food security and new poverty setups. Deltas: These are vulnerable because of a combination of biophysical aspects and socio-economic characteristics. It is possible that by 2050 up to 5.4 million people in Asia and Africa will be displaced if sea-level trends rise and there is persistence in land subsidence. River Basins: The Indo-Gangetic plain is home to 40 percent of the world’s poor yet it is the most fertile and populous regions of the world. There are four consortia that have been selected to carry out research in the regions.

Pathways to Resilience in Semi-arid Economies (PRISE) will majorly focus on semi-arid regions. The leaders in this sector will have to work with different stakeholders such as businesses, government, civil society and regional economic organizations. Lessons can be drawn from Kenya, Tanzania and Burkina Faso. Adaptation at Scale in Semi-arid Regions (ASSAR) will address the interaction between social, political, economic, biophysical and climatic impacts in semi-arid regions. The research will be done on 14 countries in Africa and Central Asia. Deltas Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration as an Adaptation (DECCMA) will explore the changes faced in the world’s most vulnerable deltas- Ganges, Brahmaputra, Meghna and Mahanadi Deltas. The Himalayan Adaptation, Water and Resilience (HI-AWARE) consortium will be focused more on Indus, Ganges and Brahmaputra where climate change has impacted water levels and livelihoods. CARIAA is expected to produce evidence which will aid in informing adaptation policies and plans from local to regional areas within a specified time frame. This will also help the communities affected in any likely shift in their livelihood. In addition the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report will be released later in March 2014 to show some of the impacts, adaptations and vulnerability.

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