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Vulnerability & adaptation: Experiences from Rajasthan & Andhra Pradesh

In recognition of the impending consequences and impact of climate change for rural communities in the semi-arid regions of India, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) initiated a process-oriented programme on ‘Vulnerability Assessment and Enhancing Adaptive Capacity to Climate Change in Semi Arid Regions in India’ in 2005. The overall goal of the V&A; Programme in India was to secure the livelihoods of rural poor and vulnerable communities by promoting adaptation measures that enhance their capacity to better cope with adverse impacts of climate change and by improving their disaster preparedness. The programme had three specific inter-linked objectives: Objective 1: To build community level capacities with regard to best practices and technologies in the agriculture, water and energy sectors. Objective 2: To optimise the service delivery system and services at selected sites in semi-arid areas in India. Objective 3:To promote climate policies in India.