Himalayan Adaptation, Water and Resilience (HI-AWARE) Research on Glacier and Snowpack Dependent River Basins for Improving Livelihoods

HI-AWARE, one of the four consortia of the Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA), is conducting high caliber research and pilot activities, capacity building and policy engagement on climate resilience and adaptation in the mountains and flood plains of the Indus, Ganges, and Brahmaputra river basins.

Its overall goal is to contribute to enhanced climate resilience and adaptive capacities of the poor and vulnerable women, men, and children living in these river basins by leveraging research and pilot outcomes to influence policy and practice to improve their livelihoods.

HI-AWARE is implementing its three Work Packages – Knowledge Generation, Research into Use, and Strengthening Expertise - in 12 sites in the Indus, Upper Ganga, Gandaki and Teesta river basins and beyond.

For more information visit the HI-AWARE website.

Objectives

  • Generate scientific knowledge on the biophysical, socio-economic, gender, and governance conditions and drivers leading to vulnerability to climate change
  • Develop robust evidence to improve understanding of the potential of adaptation approaches and practices, with an explicit focus on gender and livelihoods 
  • Develop stakeholder-driven adaptation pathways based on the up- and out-scaling of institutional and on-the-ground adaptation innovations
  • Promote the uptake of knowledge and adaptation practices at various scales by decision-makers and citizens
  • Strengthening the interdisciplinary expertise of researchers, students, and related science-policy-stakeholder networks