SP 9.4 Connections and disconnections between national and local agendas and aspirations for climate adaptation and development

Thursday 12 May,  08.45 – 10.30, Penn Room I

People in rural and peri-urban communities in semi-arid regions face many barriers in adapting to increasing uncertainty. This session intends to provide a platform for researchers, practitioners and decision makers to discuss the opportunities for strengthening the interface between climate-resilient national development strategies and local adaptation pathways to enable more widespread and effective responses to climate change that improve the wellbeing of the most vulnerable. Using case studies from PRISE (Pathways to Resilience in Semi-arid Economies) and ASSAR (Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions), the focus will be on ways in which national and local priorities in Africa and Asia interact. Presentations will be followed by a discussion where participants can reflect on a series of questions bringing in the their own experiences and knowledge.

Organised by Mark New, African Climate & Development Initiative, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Eva Ludi, Overseas Development Institute (ODI), United Kingdom
Partners Oxfam GB, United Kingdom
Indian Institute for Human Settlement, India
Watershed Organisation Trust, India
University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
University of East Anglia, United Kingdom
London School of Economics, United Kingdom
Chair/Facilitator Blane Harvey, Overseas Development Institute (ODI) Canada / United Kingdom
Rapporteurs Sumetee Pahwa Gajjar, Indian Institute for Human Settlement, India
Irene Kunamwene, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Adaptation opportunities through upgrading and diversifying cotton and beef value chains in Pakistan, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Tanzania and Kenya
Elizabeth Carabine, Overseas Development Institute (ODI), United Kingdom

Maharashtra groundwater development and management act: opportunities and Barriers at local level
Suchita Awasthi, Watershed Organization Trust, India

Fostering an enabling environment for private sector adaptation: insights from Senegal
Florence Crick, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, United Kingdom
Seed certification and marketing governance in Mali: do farmers actually benefit?
Edmond Totin, ICRISAT, Mali

Water for who and what? Implications of national agricultural and water agendas for local communities in Ethiopia
Mohammed Assen, University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia