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Uptake of climate change adaptation research results in South Asia

Climate and Resilience (CLARE) is a partnership co-funded by IDRC and the UK’s Department for International Development. CLARE selected a group of recently closed or near to closing IDRC-supported research programs to further develop and scale their results for greater impact. The selected recipients are expected to participate in a mid-term learning review in late 2020 to reflect on their efforts to achieve scaling and research uptake.

One of these recipients is the Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA). This project integrates results from CARIAA by supporting three initiatives in South Asia with strong potential for scaling or research uptake for greater impact.

The first initiative focuses on scaling adaptation trials to inform climate financing in Bangladesh. The research will build upon earlier CARIAA results to evaluate the suitability of a set of adaptation options and work with government departments to develop an adaptation funding proposal to invest in and scale promising strategies and increase resilience in coastal Bangladesh.

The second initiative focuses on reducing the health risks of rising temperatures in India. The team will follow up on CARIAA pilot studies to assess the effectiveness of the first year of India’s heat stress warning campaign. Working with the Indian Meteorological Department, it will prepare tailored heat stress advice for 50 rural villages.

The third initiative will identify pathways for climate-resilient development in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region. The team will map outcomes, explore the effectiveness of livelihood innovations piloted in four countries under CARIAA, and critically examine the opportunities for scaling, creating climate resilient development pathways, and integrating promising strategies into adaptation planning.

Expected results include contributions to knowledge through peer-reviewed publications, contributions to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s sixth assessment report, policy-oriented outputs, and practice through strategic engagement and research-into-use activities. It will also strengthen collaboration amongst the network of researchers previously engaged in CARIAA.

Project ID
Project Status
18 months
IDRC Officer
Heidi Braun
Total Funding
CA$ 635,900.00
Climate-Resilient Food Systems
Climate Adaptation and Resilience
Institution Country
Project Leader
Stichting Wageningen Research
Institution Country
Project Leader
Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka
Institution Country
Project Leader
United Nations University