For the past two and half years, International Alert has been conducting field research in four South Asian countries on vulnerability to the effects of climate change, possibilities for adaptation, obstacles and how to overcome them. What shines out of these studies is the need for policies that integrate responses to climate and conflict challenges into developing a broadly based quality of resilience – in local communities and on the national stage.
The reports based on this research were launched on Monday 8 July at an experts’ roundtable in Kathmandu.
The research is based on four sets of case studies. These have looked at the double threat of climate change and insecurity, and at both the sources of resilience and the underlying obstacles to building local and national resilience in each country. Overall, the reports explore the level of risk arising from the impact of climate change at village and district level and the degree of resilience that the communities have.
This was local level research, looking at places that face issues and challenges specific to their own particular circumstances. Even so, the research team has identified commonalities between them so that the work of removing the barriers to building resilience can be clustered addressed under five general headings:
- Strong, accountable, participatory and effective local governance;
- Equitable management of and access to natural resources;
- Support for climate-sensitive alternative livelihood opportunities;
- Fair access to credit; and
- Peaceful and safe migration pathways.
To see the research and analysis that took us to that position (summarised, by the way, in the 4-minute video embedded in my post of 5 July), simply click
- Here for the summary of all four studies and the project as a whole;
- Here for the study on Bangladesh;
- Here for the study on India;
- Here for the study on Nepal; and
- Here for the study on Pakistan.
NB Research was funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), both of which get International Alert’s deep appreciation for the financial support, and neither of which is responsible for views expressed in these publications. As normal, opinions and conclusions in the reports are solely those of International Alert.