Building climate change resilience in South Asia

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.

Simon Anderson

Senior fellow, Strategy and Learning

A house on the island of Padma Pakur is submerged by the rising waters (Photo: Espen Rasmussen/PANOS)

Delivering economic growth that eradicates poverty, is resilient to the impacts of climate change and helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions is a key policy task for decision makers in the region. 

Huge investments are being made to facilitate economic growth, poverty reduction and climate resilience in the region. However, uncertainty persists on how best to leverage resilience outcomes across policy areas whilst making such investments. Decision makers need to find approaches that are able to integrate climate change and development responses at scale.

Evaluation of promising initiatives from public, private, and civic sectors will be an important part of prioritising successful approaches for scaling up across the region.

What will IIED do?

IIED has been working with partners to understand how public sector actors are building resilience to climate change in South Asia.

Our work has focused on collecting evidence on the impacts and opportunities provided by climate change in the region and on understanding how development policy responses are evolving to address the impacts and opportunities.

This work is presented in a set of publications that draw on evidence collected in 2012 and updated in 2013. The papers provide a snapshot of policy responses in a fast moving policy arena. 
This work aims to support better public policy responses to building climate resilience in South Asia.


This work has been supported by UK AID