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Divided by geographic boundaries, over 1.9 billion people living in South Asian countries share mountains, rivers, oceans, energy sources as well as weather and vulnerabilities associated with climate change. Cooperation across borders is critical to meeting the challenges of climate change.

Therefore, a regional approach to reduce climate change impacts allows for a common baseline of data, information, and knowledge from which country-specific resilience and adaptation policies can be developed. To achieve the elements of regional cooperation, the Climate Adaptation and Resilience for South Asia project, or CARE for South Asia, will integrate climate data and analysis relevant to South Asian countries in a regional platform and support its use through the provision of sectoral decision-making systems (DSS) and tools.

The project will support regional collaboration, introduce innovative solutions, and foster the knowledge and technology required to scale up climate adaptation action, policies, and investments. Facilitating cooperation between South Asian countries is expected to reduce transboundary impacts of climate change and to pool resources to meet common challenges.

PROJECT ACTIVITIES

  • Develop an open access Resilience Data and Analytics Services (RDAS) platform for easy access to hazard, vulnerability, exposure, and hydrometeorological data
  • Develop interactive dashboards to facilitate access to data and analytics to support decisions for stakeholders, leveraging the public Data and Analytical Services Catalog
  • Virtual and other trainings for RDAS user groups
  • Develop regional guidelines for sectors like finance, planning, agriculture, transport and water
  • Facilitate access to knowledge, expertise, best practices and technical assistance
  • Capacity building for climate-informed decisionmaking
  • Facilitate a regional dialogue with national finance, planning, and line ministries to bring about planning, policy reforms and investments in climate resilience

UPDATES

DAE, RIMES in Joint Effort to Champion Climate-Smart Agriculture in Bangladesh

On Tuesday, December 6, 2022, the two have officially signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to facilitate cooperation toward enhancing the delivery of agricultural climate services in Bangladesh by supporting the Bangladesh Agro-Meteorological Information System (BAMIS)

Key Agriculture Stakeholders in Bangladesh Participate in Sectoral Needs Assessment Validation Workshop

On December 6, 2022, a Validation Workshop under the Climate Adaptation and Resilience (CARE) for South Asia project was organized by the Regional Integrated Multi-hazard Early Warning System (RIMES) in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Decision Support System: Livestock Bangladesh

The DSS for Bangladesh’s livestock sector, building on assessments of users’ information requirements vis-à-vis existing capacities and gaps, is targeted to respond to differential needs of various stakeholders (planners, policy- and decision-makers, extension workers, farmers, etc.), for seamless climate-informed short- to long-term decisions/actions at national and sub-national levels.

Regional Resilience Data and Analytics Services (RDAS)

The fully-developed RDAS is targeted to provide a public-domain, cloud-based, artificial intelligence (AI)/machine learning (ML)-enabled platform for consolidating open data and analytics relevant for climate-informing key sectoral policies, decisions and investments in SAR countries (i.e. Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka).

ADPC highlights the need to scale-up effective climate investments at COP27

Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), together with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Japan Water Forum, organized a panel discussion on ‘Actions for Scaling-up Effective Investments in Climate Adaptation and Resilience’ at the 27th United Nations Conference of Parties (COP27) in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt on 14 November 2022.