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Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research

Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research

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Project • CAF2015-CD01-CMY-Vashist, CAF2014-CD01-Wijenayake

Enhancing Capacity of Policy Makers and practitioners in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal on Loss and Damage Related to Slow Onset Events in the Region

South Asia is highly vulnerable to climate change impacts, including slow onset events: Sea level rise, increasing temperatures, ocean acidification, glacial retreat and related impacts, salinization, land and forest degradation, loss of biodiversity and desertification are described as slow onset events. The region, of which population and economy are highly dependent on natural resources and climate sensitive sectors, is already witnessing the loss of livelihood, reduction in agricultural productivity, negative health impacts and displacement. Though various stakeholders are engaged actively in adaptation work and its integration in the development policies, understanding on slow onset events causing loss and damage to various sectors is limited among the stakeholders. The project is aimed at diagnosing the extent to which the problem persists and what approaches can be developed linking with the existing work in relation to DRR, CCA and development policies and practices. Climate Action Network South Asia (CANSA) along with ActionAid and APAN as collaborators proposes to build capacity of stakeholders in three countries (Nepal, India and Sri Lanka), due to impacts already visible on key sectors which support the livelihoods of a large population. The project will: 1. mobilise scientists, policymakers and practitioners to comprehensively assess the impact of slow onset events and prepare a comprehensive response. 2. spread awareness about loss and damage caused by slow onset events to people and eco-systems. 3. sensitise, engage and build capacity of stakeholders, particularly policymakers and practitioners to develop appropriate solutions.

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