Four years into its six-year implementation period, the Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme (HICAP) has generated a large volume of science and knowledge on adaptation to change in the region. With 77 knowledge products in various stages of production — seven different components encompassing varied scientific and research disciplines in five sub-basins,and spanning four Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) regional member countries — there is a wide range of information coming out of HICAP research. In addition, several pilots and action research launched under the programme have given valuable experience illustrating research findings on how change is being felt and handled on the ground. The final years of HICAP implementation will devote resources to a synthesis of the programme’s outputs. The synthesis will consolidate knowledge generated from the different sub-basins, and components of the programme, culminating in a regional HKH synthesis to be used as a basis for policy engagement and awareness-raising, as well as foundation for future research.
In collaboration with Chinese partners, HICAP has carried out various research activities in China and has generated a large volume of research and knowledge on climate change and adaptation, particularly in the upper Salween – Mekong River basin. The China synthesis process was led by the Chinese partners. A special issue/series of articles coming out of the synthesis of HICAP work in China will be released by the end of 2016 or beginning of 2017, and a number of articles have been developed in Chinese language. The special issue/series will be a remarkable output which represents the achievement of research on climate change and adaptation in China, much of which has generated information on little-researched topics in the Chinese context. The aim of the writeshop will be to promote the publication process by discussing these articles and exchanging information and views with authors and editors, and to develop the special issue/series being produced within the programme through a synthesis of results.
This writeshop has two key aims: