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

Active

Duration

57 months

IDRC Officer

Georgina Cundill Kemp

Total funding

CA$ 13,462,500

Country(s)

North of Sahara, South of Sahara, South Asia

Project Leader

Mark New

Institution

University of Cape Town

Institution Country

South Africa

Institution Website

http://www.uct.ac.za

Project Leader

Professor Declan Conway

Institution

International Development UEA

Institution Country

United Kingdom

Project Leader

Jon Padgham

Institution

START International, Inc.

Institution Country

United States

Institution Website

http://www.start.org

Project Leader

Daniel Morchain

Institution

OXFAM

Institution Country

United Kingdom

Institution Website

http://www.oxfam.org.uk

Project Leader

Aromar Revi

Institution

Indian Institute for Human Settlements

Institution Country

India

Institution Website

http://www.iihs.in