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Climate research coordination in South Asia: Issues, opportunities and recommendations

This framing paper was commissioned to help those involved in the funding, implementation and use of research in South Asia better target activities by examining some of the key issues and making recommendations for future support. The paper draws together the views from a small panel of experts from the science and policy domains in South Asia to identify the needs, incentives, opportunities and challenges involved in the delivery and use of climate change research for adaptation and mitigation in the region. The paper does not attempt to be a comprehensive review or consensus report on climate research activities and needs for the South Asia region. The paper is primarily based on information gained from three countries: India, Bangladesh and Nepal, but drew on experts with working knowledge of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bhutan.

Three key challenges for climate research and its application in South Asia were identified:

  • Research coordination and capacity
  • Dialogue and communication on research priorities
  • Capacity of end-users to use research

Current strengths within the research landscape in South Asia on which to base future programming are listed. This is followed by discussion of the rationale and incentives, issues and solutions/opportunities for the 3 challenges. Possible actions to support coordinated research are given, and criteria for determining whether the processes put in place are successful in achieving the vision for the Coordinated Climate Research in South Asia are suggested.

This report has been produced by an Expert Group on Climate Research and Information Services in South Asia. It was funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and contracted through the Livelihoods Resource Centre which was managed by HTSPE Limited between 2007 and 2012.