Asia Regional Launch of the Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA)


The Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) has selected four consortia to undertake research in three climate change hot spots in Africa and Asia: semi-arid regions, deltas, and glacier and snowpack-dependent river basins. These hot spots represent regions where demographic trends and climate change impacts put large numbers of people and their livelihoods at risk. 

Jointly funded by IDRC and the UK's Department for International Development (DFID), CARIAA aims to build the resilience of vulnerable populations and their livelihoods by supporting collaborative research to inform adaptation policy and practice. Each consortium consists of five institutions with a range of regional, scientific, and socio-economic development expertise, and experience in research, policy, and practice.

The selected consortia are as follows:

In semi-arid regions

Pathways to Resilience in Semi-Arid Economies (PRISE) aims to promote climate-resilient development by identifying economic threats and opportunities resulting from climate change: 

  • Overseas Development Institute, UK
  • Innovation, Environnement, Development Afrique, Senegal
  • Centre for Climate Change Studies, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Grantham Research Institute, London School of Economics, UK
  • Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Pakistan
Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR) aims to enable longer-term approaches to climate change adaptation while supporting the management of current risks through transformative scenario planning:
  • University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • University of East Anglia, UK
  • International START Secretariat, US
  • Oxfam UK
  • Indian Institute for Human Settlements, India

In deltas

Deltas, Vulnerability, and Climate Change Migration as Adaptation (DECCMA) will integrate climate and socio-economic data to examine migration as an adaptation option for the most vulnerable:
  • University of Southampton, UK
  • Institute of Water and Flood Management, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
  • Jadavpur University, India
  • National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences, Egypt
  • University of Ghana

In river basins

Himalayan Adaptation, Water and Resilience (HI-AWARE) will examine short- and long-term climate trends and adaptation strategies while taking into account local and seasonal impacts and responses:
  • International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, Nepal
  • Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies
  • The Energy Research Institute, India
  • Climate Change, Alternate Energy and Water Resources Institute of the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council
  • Alterra, Wageningen University and Research Centre, the Netherlands
CARIAA received a total of 175 applications out of which four consortia were selected through a competitive process.