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Coverage of Selected Side Events at the Doha Climate Change Conference - November 2012

26 November - 7 December 2012 | Doha, Qatar

Coverage on Sunday, 2 December 2012

Isabelle Proulx, CARIAA Team, noted that CARIAA’s strategy is to create knowledge and put it in the hands of the people that are affected by climate change.

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BRIEFING NOTE ON THE COLLABORATIVE ADAPTATION RESEARCH INITIATIVE IN AFRICA AND ASIA (CARIAA) CONSULTATION AND DISCUSSION SERIES

2 DECEMBER 2012

In partnership with the UK’s DFID, Canada’s International Development Research Center (IDRC) hosted a parallel event to the Eighteenth Meeting of the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC CoP18) in Doha on December 2, 2012. The event introduced the new CARIAA. Through interactive sessions, facilitated by Alexander Alusa, Climate Change Advisor to the Prime Minister of Kenya, participants discussed the CARIAA model and its approach and application, in anticipation of CARIAA’s open call for consortia to be launched in early 2013.

This briefing note summarizes the discussions.

BRIEF HISTORY

The Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) is a US$ 70 million programme, initiated by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and Canada’s International Development Research Center (IDRC), which will run from 2012 to 2019. It aims to increase the resilience of vulnerable populations and their livelihoods, in one of the following climate change “hot spots” in Africa and Asia: densely populated river basins, large deltas, and semi-arid regions. The experience and lessons learned through the Climate Change Adaptation in Africa program (2006-2012), DFID’s and IDRC’s earlier joint climate change effort, have provided insight and guidance for CARIAA’s mission.

CARIAA REPORT

SITUATING CARIAAA IN THE HOT SPOTS

In the morning, Ken De Souza, Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) Team, introduced the discussion, highlighting that climate change will have a major impact on development. He noted the importance of keeping the focus on poor people, livelihoods and the impact of climate change on them. He explained the rationale for the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) interest in funding research on climate change that is robust and can be used by local communities. He stressed that the reason for convening this meeting was to announce CARIAA and maximize opportunities for feedback and comments.

Isabelle Proulx, CARIAA Team, introduced the programme, highlighting that the target areas, large deltas, glacier-fed river basins and semi-arid zones, have been chosen because of their vulnerabilities to climate change. She noted that CARIAA’s strategy is to create knowledge and put it in the hands of the people that are affected by climate change. Proulx noted that three interdisciplinary consortia, which will have up to five members, would be funded and expected to draw from a large base of institutions, and to engage communities. She underlined that the expectations are that the funded projects will promote research uptake and generate new knowledge. She highlighted that the CARIAA model builds on past projects funded by IDRC. Finally, she stressed that choosing consortia will be very critical.

Alexander Alusa, Climate Change Advisor to the Prime Minister of Kenya, introduced the panelists. Salemuul Huq, International Institute for Environmentl and Development discussed some of the ongoing initiatives in Bangladesh that could provide support to CARIAA, including the Action Research on Community Adaptation (ARCAB). He noted that ARCAB is a long-term programme designed to share lessons at a transboundary level through international non–governmental organization (NGO) action partners, each of them working in two sites in Bangladesh as well as in other countries. David Molden, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), highlighted that ICIMOD works at a tranboundary level by promoting regional cooperation and sharing of lessons. He noted that the organization has identified transboundary landscapes, such as the Kailash Sacred Landscape, that are deserving of attention for their biodiversity and people. He also highlighted the role of transboundary collaboration for preventing and addressing flood events and the role of the science-research interface for fostering such collaboration. Finally, he noted the importance of building long-term partnerships at the local community as well as the nationalpolicy level.

James Kinyangi, Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security, highlighted that his programme is the largest coalition of scientists providing the linkage between climate change, agriculture and food systems. He noted some of the benefits from the programme include: multiple partnerships, including with members from the private sectors and collaborations at the global and regional scale. Welcoming CARIAA, he encouraged funding programmes targeting the urban poor.

Mohammed Abd Rabo, University of Alexandria, highlighted the work of the Alexandria Research Centre for Adaptation to Climate Change and the importance of framing adaptation in terms of what can be saved and not in terms of what should be done.

An exchange with the audience highlighted: the need to bridge the gap between national policies and the implementation at the local level; the importance of climate adaptation knowledge in developing countries, and its transferability to developed countries; and the role of local traditional knowledge.

APPLYING THE CARIAA MODEL

Experts working on the scoping of climate change hotspots for CARIAA presented on their research and engaged in a discussion with the audience. Courtney McKay, Arctic North Consulting, described her research approach, which includes a review of the literature as well as adaptation practices, used in identifying topics, adaptation practices and regions of key importance. Garrett Kilroy, independent consultant, discussed the biophysical impacts of climate change. Josephine Tucker, Overseas Development Institute, highlighted the dimensions underlying the understanding of social vulnerability to climate change. Suruchi Badwal, The Energy and Resource Institute, noted that her approach, consists of, inter alia, reviewing policies and programmes on climate change as well as identifying challenges that are shared at a transboundary level. Livia Bizikova, International Institute for Sustainable Development, highlighted her work on semi-arid areas, noting the challenges of working with diverse groups of countries in terms of governance, policies and local communities. Shuaib Lwasa, Makerere University, presented different examples of climate change adaptation in large deltas.

A member of the audience highlighted the importance of addressing livestock more prominently when talking about agriculture. Another member highlighted the importance of ecosystem-based approaches to climate adaptation.

LESSONS ON POLICY AND PRACTICE

In the afternoon, experts in the field of policy and practice shared their thoughts on CARIAA in a panel discussion based on the morning’s presentations and discussion. Panelists included: Ritesh Kumar, Wetlands International; Atiq Rahman, Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies; Sibiry Traore, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics; Fatima Denton, African Climate Policy Centre, and Houssein El Mzouri, Morocco’s National Agronomic Research Institute.

The panel on Applying the CARIAA model (from L to R): Shuaib Lwasa, Makerere University; Livia Bizikova, International Institute for Sustainable Development; Suruchi Badwal, The Energy and Resource Institute; Josephine Tucker, Overseas Development Institute; Garrett Kilroy, independent consultant; James Ford and Courtney McKay, Arctic North Consulting; and Alexander Alusa

The panel on situating CARIAA in the Hot Spots (from L to R): Mohammed Abd Rabo, University of Alexandria; James Kinyangi, Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security; David Molden, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD); Salemuul Huq, International Institute for Environment and Development;  and Alexander Alusa, Climate Change Advisor to the Prime Minister of Kenya.

Alexander Alusa, Climate Change Advisor to the Prime Minister of Kenya, moderating the panel discussions. 

Ken De Souza, CARIAA Team, highlighted that climate change will have a major impact on development.


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