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UKAID Department for International Development (R4D) 2004

Climate change and the poor : Linking local adaptation needs to policy and institutional structures

Bangladesh, China, India, Kenya, Senegal, Zimbabwe

UKAID Department for International Development (R4D)

Titre : Climate change and the poor : Linking local adaptation needs to policy and institutional structures

Pays : Bangladesh, China, India, Kenya, Senegal, Zimbabwe

Projet de recherche pour le Développement : R8371

DFID Programme : Climate Change and Adaptation

Organismes de mise en œuvre
Lead Institutes : Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex (IDS)
Managing Institutes : Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex (IDS)
Collaborating Institutes : African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS-Nairobi) (ACTS) ; Agrometeorology Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences ; Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS) ; Development Alternatives ; ENDA Third World ; International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) ; ZERO

Durée : Start Date : 01-06-2004 End Date : 30-05-2006

Objectifs  : To ensure that policy solutions and resources to assist adaptation by the most vulnerable countries and groups are targetted wisely, and to avoid undermining locally determined adaptation strategies

Descriptif
Climate change is a serious risk to poverty reduction and threatens to undo decades of development. Some adverse impacts cannot be averted and will fall disproportionately on vulnerable countries and the poorest, potentially jeopardising achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, in particular, those related to eradication of poverty and hunger, health and sustainable development. Many international organisations and research bodies have recently concluded that adaptation planning must be undertaken immediately if additional burdens imposed by negative climate impacts are to be averted, particularly on already vulnerable low-income countries and other countries vulnerable to climate impacts. This will require integration and mainstreaming, of climate considerations by a wide range of local, national and international organisations at multiple levels of governance. Long standing social science research on adaptation to climate variability suggests that communities do not sit passively for climate impacts to strike but undertake adaptation and, in all likelihood, will continue to do so in the face of increased climatic variability. Because the productivity of their natural assets, livelihoods or survival may be at stake, community led adaptation measures, embedded in particular socio-cultural contexts and based on local knowledge about livelihoods and resources, are already responding to issues of poverty reduction, social development and sustainable development. Community-based forms of knowledge may or may not, however, take fully into account full ramifications of the scale and speed of anthropogenically induced changes forecast by climate models. For this reason, greater interactions between these two largely disconnected domains - local level adaptation and global climate change science and policy - is imperative. This project aims to facilitate these interactions through a collaborative research network, and the carrying out of a series of case studies. The project posits that the most fruitful, policy relevant insights are likely to be generated by collaboration among and between communities undertaking adaptation at the local level and those engaged in formal scientific and policy responses to climate change. In particular, the project will ask what kind of procedural and institutional frameworks are needed to ensure that locally determined adaptation needs are linked upwards to national and international policy and institutional structures. The research will identify which participants, funding flows and policy mechanisms are key in this regard, with the aim of making proposals for support to policy and institutional reform in this area.

Total Cost to DFID : £99,840

Présentation : UKAID

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