News and events related to ASSAR
The release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) special report on 1.5°C marks a critical point in climate negotiations, especially for climate change 'hotspots' like Botswana and Namibia in southern Africa, writes ASSAR's principal investigator, Mark New.
This report, by the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, describes the outcomes of a series of transformative scenario planning workshops in Bangalore to discuss the issues of water security and response strategies towards long-term collaborations.
ASSAR took advantage of Ghana's strong uptake of smartphones by developing a mobile application that supports information transfer and knowledge sharing with local stakeholders.
Maitreyi Koduganti from the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) gives an account of a game that she developed, with the support of an ASSAR Small Opportunities Grant, to help people gain better insight into the complexities of living in peri-urban Bangalore.
When the ASSAR Mali team discovered the need for new capacities in Koutiala to enable better use of the scarce soil and water resources, they organised a three-day cross-border exchange visit for 11 Koutiala stakeholders to neighbouring Burkina Faso, which has vast experience in water and soil fertility management practices.
In this report, ASSAR's Botswana team describes the outcomes of a series of workshops with a group of diverse stakeholders to discuss the thorny issue of land use in Bobirwa Sub District and response strategies towards long-term collaborations.
The imminent approach of the end of the ASSAR project has called for visits to the regional teams, to take stock of what has been achieved, plan exit strategies, agree on final outputs and give each other one last hug. ASSAR's project coordinator, Lucia Scodanibbio, reflects on a week with the West Africa Mali and Ghana teams.
In July 2018, as part of a Small Opportunities Grant awarded by ASSAR, Dr Soundarya Iyer visited the University of East Anglia (UEA) at Norwich for two weeks to work with Dr Nitya Rao.
Maitreyi Koduganti from the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) gives an overview of a capacity development workshop for integrated climate in development projects, that was conducted in March 2018, in Bangalore, with the support of an ASSAR Grant for Local Adaptation Support.
Heat-related deaths and illness are on the rise in India. With summertime highs hitting 45 degrees Celsius in rural areas, urgent action is needed to protect vulnerable populations. By Dipak Zade and Brendon Bosworth.
Over the past half century, heat wave frequencies in India have increased by a third, and yet, the impact of heat in rural areas remains a blind spot. In this policy brief, the Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR) team reports on the results of a heat exposure vulnerability study in rural Maharashtra, India, with a focus on both outdoor and indoor temperatures.
In March 2017, approximately 15 ASSAR researchers were brought together for a 10-day workshop on the tools and techniques used to interpret changes in LULC, climate and the link between these two in determining the availability (and productivity) of vegetation and ecosystem services.