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Approaches to building climate change resilience in South Asia

This paper describes key evidence and strategic considerations for building climate resilience in South Asia. Current public policy responses are fragmented and do not address the scale, complexity or the uncertainty of current and future climate change vulnerability in the region. New approaches are needed to tackle the ‘root causes’ of vulnerability and build resilience to climate and other risks. Conventional ‘science-speaks-to-policy’ approaches cannot address current evidence gaps. We therefore propose deliberative approaches for translating evidence into knowledge, for governance and decision making, as the best way to build long-term climate resilience. This involves a diversity of stakeholders, especially the climate-vulnerable poor.

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Simon Anderson, Nanki Kaur and Jessica Ayers. 2014. Approaches to building climate change resilience in South Asia. IIED Working Paper. IIED, London.

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South Asia as a region has witnessed favourable economic growth and is gearing up to capitalise on opportunities provided by urbanisation, economic diversification and a young population. At the same time the region is also home to the world's largest population of the poor and is extremely vulnerable to adverse impacts of climate change.

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