Adaptation to Climate Change:An integrated science-stakeholder-policy approach to develop an adaptation framework for the water & agriculture sectors in Indian states of Andhra Pradesh & Tamilnadu
The overall goal of the ClimaAdapt program is to improve the adaptive capacity of the agriculture and water sectors in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Tamilnadu through development of appropriate adaptation measures and providing inputs to climate and sectoral plans. The main objective is to implement selected adaptation measures at a systems level, develop methologies for upscaling, build capacity of the relevant agencies, including farmers' networks and women self help groups(SHGs) to address climate change impacts. The uniqueness of this program is that it provides space for linking new knowledge and innovations on the effects of climate change and adaptation in multi-sector planning and implementation of state level adaptation programs. The ClimaAdapt program will provide adequate focus on socio-economic and gender issues which are important in the Indian context. The program will sensitize stakeholders to the importance of strengthening the links between research, innovation and capacity building. The capacity building component, linked to research and innovation in the program, is one of the key focus areas that will provide ownership and ensure sustainability of the knowledge and competence to address climate change impacts on water and agriculture sectors in the region. Towards the end, the program will develop a tool box of measures, upscaling methodologies and policy inputs to the state adaptation strategies.