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Policy Officer

Mainstreaming Adaptation to Climate Change Within Governance Systems in South Asia: An Analytical Framework and Examples From Practice

This paper focuses on the governance challenge of adapting to the impacts of climate change. Adaptation requires a shift in how governments ‘do’ development: they now need to consider the impacts of climate change when making investment, planning and policy decisions. This idea of ‘mainstreaming’ adaptation to climate change within development is well established, but the governance dimension of this mainstreaming process is often side-lined in practice. In contexts where governance is already a challenge, the capacity to effectively adapt to climate change is particularly limited. Governments across the worldare experimenting with different approaches to tackling climate change, supported by technical consultants, donors and civil society, but often with a piecemeal approach to addressing the governance dimensions.

The Action on Climate Today (ACT) programme, a UK Aid-funded programme, is focused on climate-proofing growth in five South Asian countries at the national and subnational levels, and is designed to transform systems of planning and delivery for adaptation to climate change. This paper is based on lessons from the experience of ACT on strengthening governance systems to deliver adaptation.


Climate-Resilient Agriculture in South Asia: An Analytical Framework and Insights From Practice

Agricultural systems are extremely vulnerable to climate change (CC), given their sensitivity to variations in temperature, precipitation and occurrence of natural events and disasters such as droughts and floods. The paper introduces a framework of practical entry points at the national and local level for addressing CC adaptation and resilience and maps them across the agriculture value chain and non- farming options. The entry points, which target exposure, sensitivity and adaptive capacity within the vulnerability framework, are as follows:

  • Policy and institutional entry points
  • Financial entry points
  • Information and social behaviour entrypoints
  • Technical entry points

The paper also identifies and discusses the critical challenges and knowledge gaps that currently exist in interacting and working with governments and organisations across these four main entry points.


Climate Ready Communities

Tool Overview: 

Over the past 10 years of helping communities understand and adapt to changing climate conditions, the Geos Institute has developed a proven planning framework known as Whole Community Resilience - a cross-sector, multi-stakeholder approach that is adaptive over time and creates multiple benefits across the community. The framework aims to not only develop a plan, but also to strengthen local adaptive capacity, which ensures that communities have the skills necessary to update their climate resilience plans over time.

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Coordinator, Shaping the Future of Your Community


Tool Overview: 

Gulf TREE was created to fulfill the need for guidance in climate tool selection. Stakeholders such as natural resource managers and community planners who understood the importance of incorporating climate resiliency into their projects struggled to find the right tool - the daunting process can be time-consuming, overwhelming, and very confusing.

Tool Description: 

To ensure that Gulf TREE would be relevant, workshops across the Gulf Coast were held both before and after development of the website. During the workshops, potential users gave input on current climate challenges, what they looked for when selecting a tool, and specific features they would like in Gulf TREE. When development finished, they tested the website and gave additional feedback which was integrated before the website publicly rolled out.

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Educational Techniques to Facilitate Involvement

This guide is a mini-suite of resources intended to assist planners implementing the adaptation process to understand approaches for the participatory elements of the undertaking. This guide answers questions about what the planning team and local representative’s options are for facilitating community involvement during decision-making points. It will do this in the following order:

  • Saliency: Presents the issue, in its immediacy, to the public.

  • Goals: Sets motivations that will inform what is analyzed in terms of sea-level rise.

  • Projection: Which scenario(s) will the community choose? At which point(s) in the future will they plan for?

  • Focus Areas: Where do community preferences intersect with impact findings?

  • Adaptation Strategies: Can creative strategies be elicited from stakeholder groups?

  • Prioritization of needs: Which strategies are the most cost effective, and most preferred?

  • Monitoring & Feedback: Participatory project monitoring, and ongoing feedback mechanisms.

This guide is a product of the Community Resiliency Initiative, a project carried out by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity with funding from NOAA via the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Florida Coastal Office. 

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Community Protection Specialist