The goal of this project was to promote cooperative and integrated
approaches to the double headed threat of climate change and insecurity
in South Asia. It aimed to address two deficiencies that hamper
responses to this double headed threat:
- Gaps in knowledge about the social, political and security impact of climate change in Asia
- Weak capacity among government and intergovernmental institutions to address these issues.
This report describes the different components of the project:
1. The inception period.
2. Monitoring and evaluation.
3. Research: Conflict, climate and development - local case studies. This involved desk research on the relationship between climate change, development and insecurity at local level, a literature review, and field research in Nepal, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, followed by validation of the research findings by the South Asia Network for Security and Climate Change (SANSaC).
4. Research - Development and climate change policy and peacebuilding. A desk-based review of how national and district-level climate change response policies have increased/decreased insecurity and analysis of findings.
5. Policy influencing - Developing lessons learned and recommendations.
Findings from the sub-national research in the four project countries - Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan - were written into a case study reports. Dissemination of the research is outlined.
International Alert. Strengthening Responses to Climate Variability in South Asia (Grant Agreement Component Code 202125-104, Purchase Order 40047309). Final Report, October 2013. International Alert, London, UK (2013) 6 pp.