Renie Thomas and Vijayasekaran Duraisamy from the Watershed Organisation Trust look at how communicating the distribution and availability patterns of groundwater to agrarian communities could lead to better management of this crucial resource.
This beautifully illustrated story of change written by ASSAR's WOTR team members described how communities in the Sangamner Block of Ahmednagar District, in Maharashtra, India, have realised their potential to manage the water issues that face them in their daily lives.
ASSAR has been examining the conditioning factors surrounding adaptation action in four of the world’s semi-arid regions, with a specific focus on barriers and enablers to the uptake and success of adaptation. Here is what we found.
In semi-arid regions, a global temperature rise of 1.5℃ (and each interval of 0.5℃ thereafter) will have progressively severe local impacts. In this video we describe how average local temperatures increasing faster than the global average (and rising more with each interval of global increase), and intensifying climate extremes and changing rainfall patterns, mean that semi-arid regions will experience declining crop yields, shifts in water availability, compromised health of people and livestock, and additional pressures to livelihoods. Affected countries have growing evidence available to argue for emissions reductions in line with a 1.5℃ warming target, as proposed in the Paris Agreement, and at the same time push for adopting climate-resilient development pathways that acknowledge the threats of increasing temperatures and their associated impacts.