This briefing note was produced in response to a DEWPoint helpdesk
enquiry for information on how the private sector in developing
countries can build resilience to climate impacts and take advantage of
business opportunities for adaptation. To build resilience, the private
sector needs to protect its operations and collaborate with the
communities in which it operates to help them to do the same. The need
to collaborate to avoid conflict, and to internalise and
institutionalise climate risk management into decision-making processes
and operations is discussed. Three brief case studies describing water
auditing and management in South Africa, weather-indexed insurance in
India, and contract farming and alternative crops in India, are
presented. Examples of the commercial opportunities presented by helping
the wider community to adapt are given, and a number of constraints to
adaptation are highlighted.
This report was produced by DEW Point, a Resource Centre for
Environment, Water and Sanitation, that was funded by DFID and managed
by a consortium of companies led by Harewelle International Limited. The
Resource Centre closed in 2012.
Harrison, N. Private sector and climate adaptation (part 1). Draft Report, August 2010. DEW Point, Blisworth, UK (2010) 11 pp.