DFID is seeking to understand the state of climate information and services in South Asia and has commissioned a scoping study to identify possible intervention options aimed at strengthening the gathering, use and application of climate information across the region for better decision making and responses.
The first phase of the scoping study entailed an Evidence Review of current literature on the state of climate services in South Asia in order to identify demand-side needs, as well as current and future capacity to produce and deliver timely, accurate and relevant climate services. Supplementary evidence was gathered through telephone and email consultations with DFID regional and country teams and a diverse range of users, providers and intermediaries of climate information.
Based on an assessment of major gaps and opportunities on the supply and demand sides, broad intervention options for the regional programme were prioritised by identifying the most significant and on-going obstacles to strengthening climate services in South Asia based on the views and evidence sourced through the literature review and initial stakeholder interviews. These intervention options were tested and explored with over 165 stakeholders through four in-country workshops in Bangladesh, Burma, India and Pakistan, as well as face-to-face discussions and telephone interviews. Workshops planned in Afghanistan and Nepal were replaced with telephone interviews due to the recent earthquake event in Nepal and security issues in Kabul.
Building on the findings of the Evidence Review, this report begins by providing a detailed mapping of users and their requirements for climate information and services across priority sectors (section 2.1), a description of priorities cited by stakeholders and potential intervention options to meet these (section 2.2), as well as a country gap analysis (section 2.3) and an assessment of those regional actors DFID would be well-placed to partner with (section 3). This information has been used to refine the intervention options and to work up the overall outline and details of a regional climate services programme in South Asia; consisting of key objectives, outputs, outcomes, indicators and how these could link up to other initiatives in the region (section 4).
This report has been produced by Practical Action Consulting and the UK Met Office for Evidence on Demand with the assistance of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) contracted through the Climate, Environment, Infrastructure and Livelihoods Professional Evidence and Applied Knowledge Services (CEIL PEAKS) programme, jointly managed by DAI (which incorporates HTSPE Limited) and IMC Worldwide Limited.
Clements, R.; Lumbroso, D.; Prasad, K.; Vellingiri, G.; Viswanathan, K.R.; Wade, S.; Joshi, M.; Hanif, M.; Dugar, S.; Dashora, L. Stakeholder analysis: options analysis for a regional climate change programme to deliver more effective climate services, early warning and disaster risk reduction. Evidence on Demand, UK (2015) x + 145 pp. [DOI: 10.12774/eod_cr.august2015.clementsretal]