Climate change Policy

Role of Policy & Institutions in Local Adaptation to Climate Change

Case studies on responses to too much and too little water in the Hindu Kush Himalayas, ICIMOD (2012)

Much of the current research and planning assumes that adaptation will occur largely through government led or -directed technical interventions. However, the findings of the field research demonstrate the extent to which local households and communities are adapting, and will continue to adapt, through actions that are independent of structured programmes and policy. These actions are sometimes referred to as ‘autonomous’, as opposed to planned, responses to climate change. The policy component of ICIMOD’s research is addressing how national policies and strategies can most effectively strengthen and build upon autonomous responses in order to increase local resilience to the water-related impacts of climate change.