The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report: What’s in it for South Asia?

Elizabeth Carabine and Alberto Lemma (ODI), with Mairi Dupar and Lindsey Jones (ODI), Yacob Mulugetta (University of Surrey), Nicola Ranger (DFID), Maarten van Aalst (Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre)
Posted on: 7/23/2014 - Updated on: 5/08/2023

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Anna Hickman



The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has produced the most comprehensive assessment of climate change ever. The Fifth Assessment Report, which the IPCC is releasing in four parts between September 2013 and November 2014, is the work of 830 expert authors, from 85 countries. Its first three volumes already stretch to 5,000+ pages.

Now the Climate and Development Knowledge Network and Overseas Development Institute have released a succinct guide to the assessment for decision-makers in Africa.

The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report: What’s in it for South Asia?  distils the richest material on climate impacts and trends in South Asia, and South Asian experiences in adaptation and mitigation, from the thousands of pages of the Fifth Assessment Report and complemented with similar, peer reviewed case studies from the sub-region. The expert research team has worked under the guidance of IPCC Coordinating Lead Authors and Reviewers to ensure fidelity to the original Fifth Assessment material.

The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report: What’s in it for South Asia? aims to make the IPCC’s important material more accessible and usable to South Asian audiences. This guide responds to wide demand for region-specific information. 

The guide is part of a suite of materials to promote the key findings of the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report. An African companion volume has been published; and forthcoming companion volumes will provide a digest of IPCC findings for Latin America and Small Island Developing States. Please visit for the publications and a range of communications resources, including free-to-use images and infographics.

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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the leading international body for the assessment of climate change. It was established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of knowledge in climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic impacts.