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Climate Resilience Framework: Putting Resilience Into Practice

October 20, 2013

Climate change will profoundly challenge the way human society has organized and planned. With its cross-sector and cross-scale yet highly uncertain impacts, climate change could hinder human progress for decades to come. The development and scientific communities have converged on the idea of enhancing resilience to address this pervasive but uncertain risk. Resilient systems are capable of absorbing a multitude of shocks and stresses; they may even become fundamentally altered; yet a resilient system's core services and sense of value will quickly return or be maintained through a crisis. Underpinnings for our use of resilience are commitments to justice, equality, and fairness. The Climate Resilience Framework (CRF) is a conceptual framework for assessing climate vulnerabilities and risk under conditions of uncertainty and to plan interventions that lead to enhanced resilience. With core elements of the CRF emerging from complex systems theory, resilience is seen as emerging from the interplay of agents, systems and institutions. Key to enhancing resilience is a shared understanding of the issues amongst a wide collection of stakeholders therefore requiring an open, inclusive learning process to identify specific measures and processes that can address the uncertainties of climate change through action and implementation. The CRF process is a collaborative planning process based on the core components of the resilience framework (systems, agents, institutions), and their characteristics. The resilience planning process includes three main activities: a vulnerability assessment, the development and implementation of interventions to build resilience, and an iterative shared learning approach to guide the whole process. In general terms, the approach outlined is an iterative cycle of reflection and action where innovation is key and where experimentation is prized.

The Fluid Mosaic: Water Governance in the Context of Variability, Uncertainty and Change, A Synthesis Paper

January 1, 2003

This report summarises five years of collaborative investigation by Indian and Nepali researchers on water management needs and options in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and parts of Nepal. The sections focus on the specific water management issues and challenges in case study areas. The core messages, however, relate to the fluid mosaic of water governance -- how society may be able to address the sharp edged, immediate constraints present at local levels and shaped by local conditions but ordered within a larger, changing, fluid and poorly understood picture.Field research in case study areas was conducted by Nepal Water Conservation Foundation (NWCF, Kathmandu, Nepal), the Madras Institute of Development Studies (MIDS, Chennai, Tamil Nadu), the Institute of Development Studies, Jaipur (IDS, Jaipur, Rajasthan) and the Vikram Sarabhai Centre for Development Interaction (VIKSAT, Ahmedabad, Gujarat). The Institute for Social and Environmental Transition (ISET, Boulder, Colorado) coordinated and supported the project.

Rethinking the Mosaic: Investigations into Local Water Management

January 1, 1999

This is the report of the first phase of the collaborative program on Local Supply and Conservation Responses to Water Scarcity supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and The Ford Foundation. The study investigated water management issues of four river basins: the Palar, the Sabarmati, and the Shekhawatiin Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, and Rajasthan respectively as well as the Tinau in Nepal that joins the West Rapti in Uttar Pradesh. Water management challenges in the Noyyal and the Bhavani basins of Tamil Nadu were also investigated.In the first three basins, water scarcity is an increasingly grim reality. The organizations and their principal investigators have extensive experience in analysing water management issues in scarcity situations. The fourth river basin was selected to capture the physical diversity of a Himalayan river and to analyse the water management concerns in an area of Nepal and India that is ostensibly rich in water resources but is beginning to confront a situation of stress.