Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in South Asia


South Asia’s rapid development, while providing opportunities for economic growth, has increased the region’s vulnerability to natural disasters. START supports collaborative research in the areas of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in South Asia through grants to interdisciplinary teams of researchers in Nepal, Pakistan, and India.

START, with support from the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), awarded six interdisciplinary research projects for integrating disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation into resilient development in South Asia. Under this broad research theme, scientists are investigating institutional arrangements and governance structures, policy innovations that promote convergence of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation into policy and practice, and the changing nature of development factors, all of which shape vulnerability to disasters.



The following is a clickable map displaying all six supported research projects.

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Sharma
Ability of Local Multi-Stakeholder Action to Catalyze Shifts in Program and Policy Environment Towards Mainstreaming DRR CCA


Principal Investigator: Anshu Sharma
Co-investigators: Rajib Shaw and Sahba Chauhan
Location: Leh and Barmer districts, India

Project description: This project will enable policy action toward DRR and enhancing adaptive capacity by creating “windows of opportunity” through agenda setting, coalition building and policy learning at the local level. It will also set standards for local multi-stakeholder action for bringing about larger integration of DRR and CCA for resilient development by consolidating innovative and strategic action toward this goal both in policy and in practice in post-disaster situations.
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Sharma
Ability of Local Multi-Stakeholder Action to Catalyze Shifts in Program and Policy Environment Towards Mainstreaming DRR CCA
Principal Investigator: Anshu Sharma
Co-investigators: Rajib Shaw and Sahba Chauhan
Location: Leh and Barmer districts, India

Project description: This project will enable policy action toward DRR and enhancing adaptive capacity by creating “windows of opportunity” through agenda setting, coalition building and policy learning at the local level. It will also set standards for local multi-stakeholder action for bringing about larger integration of DRR and CCA for resilient development by consolidating innovative and strategic action toward this goal both in policy and in practice in post-disaster situations.
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Wajih
Towards Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation: Understanding Flood Risk and Resilience in Eastern India


Principal Investigator: Shiraz A. Wajih
Co-investigators: Anil Kumar Gupta and Marcus Moench
Location: Gorakhpur district, Uttar Pradesh, India

Project description: This research will improve understanding of the systemic factors contributing to flood resilience under changing climate conditions in Gorakhpur district. It will identify practical strategies for integrating disaster risk management and climate adaptation. Research to identify systemic factors within regions that contribute to resilience or exacerbate vulnerability will improve the ability to identify practical points where intervention could build resilience and institutions that have the capacity to intervene.
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Khaling
Linking DRR, CCA and Sustainable Landscape Development Goals in the Eastern Himalaya


Principal Investigator: Sarala Khaling
Co-investigators: Reinmar Seidler and Pashupati Chaudhary
Location: Sikkim and Darjeeling, India

Project description: This project will strengthen the climate resilience of socio-ecological systems in the Eastern Himalaya by generating, analyzing and disseminating new information to help vulnerable communities, civil society organizations, disaster response agencies and development planners better integrate long-term climate awareness into their thinking and planning. This work will provide a regional model for the integration of climate change information into risk reduction and rural development planning at the landscape scale.
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Devkota
Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in Koshi River Basin, Nepal


Principal Investigator: Dr. Laxmi Devkota
Co-investigators: Dr. Manjeshowri Singh and Dr. Sunil Bbau Shrestha

Project description: The objective of this research is to assess the impacts of climate change on current and future development in the Koshi River Basin, including increased variation of extreme climate and hydrological events, and to propose adaptation measures and policy innovations for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptations.
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Phukan
Getting Climate Smart for Disasters


Principal Investigator: Dr. Sumana Bhattacharya
Co-investigators: Mihir Bhatt and Terry Cannon
Location: Bihar and Odisha states, India

Project description: This project will test the effectiveness of the Climate Smart Disaster Risk Management (CSDRM) approach as a method for identifying barriers and opportunities for integrating the challenges of climate change with disaster risk reduction and development; identifying policy innovation; and monitoring progress toward integration. To understand effective integration, two key areas thought to act as barriers will be analyzed: the mismatched priorities of DRR institutions and of ordinary people, and the need for diversified livelihoods as a means to reduce climate dependency.
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Nawaz
Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Adaptation in the Indus Ecoregion, Pakistan


Principal Investigator: Rab Nawaz
Co-investigators: Upali S Amarasinghe, Ben Groom and Moazzam Khan
Location: Sindh Province, Pakistan

Project description: This project will examine disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation with a particular emphasis on the impact of the 2010 floods and 2011 rains in Pakistan. It will investigate the status of related policy work, and seek further methods of integrating DRR and CCA into existing policies. Researchers will clarify what scientific and analytical policy information is needed in order to implement DRR and adaptive measures in the livestock and fisheries sectors of Sindh Province, and recommend innovative ecosystem-based climate-resilient livelihoods to the Government of Sindh that can be used as entry points for mainstreaming integrated DRR and adaptation policies.
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Last Updated on February 27th, 2014