To provide a theoretically relevant framework for understanding the synergies between development and climate change interventions. This framework will be based on empirical evidence from two cases: farmers in Nepal and pastoralists in Mongolia.
The project represents an interdisciplinary social science analysis of the mechanisms by which development policies and interventions influence people’s ability to adapt sustainably to climate change.
This is been addressed through three research objectives:
1. Illustrate how climate change adaptation is included in development policies and processes, and how this in turn affects vulnerability patterns, and adaptation options
2. Develop a framework for understanding the mechanisms by which political interests related to adaptation influence the potential and constraints for sustainable adaptation.
3. Identify options for how the needs of the poor can more effectively be integrated in adaptation policy processes in order to support development efforts by Norwegian aid as well as Nepalese and Mongolian authorities.
In order to achieve these objectives, the project investigated in a comparative perspective Nepalese farmers and Mongolian pastoralists, by focusing on three research questions:
1. Do aid and climate change interventions affect
dependency relations and exacerbate vulnerability?
2. Are people’s resource rights, local level adaptation strategies, and local power relations affected by policy prioritization regarding development and climate change?
3. Do particular livelihood, value, and cultural systems get represented in adaptation and development plans and policies?
Project partners and collaborators
Our partners in the south are
- SIAS (Southasia Institute of Advanced Studies), Nepal
- ICIMOD (international Centre for Integrated Mountain Development) in Nepal
- The Mongolian National Academy of Sciences.
The project is now in the concluding stage and a conference to present findings and discuss the implications with policy makers and practitioners will take place October 20 and 21, 2014.