With a strong focus on understanding the factors that enhance or diminish people's vulnerability and wellbeing, and the responses they take to deal with both climatic and non-climatic stressors, ASSAR focused on the most marginalised. In particular, we sought to shift the adaptation narrative from centering mainly on infrastructural, technical solutions to forefronting and addressing some of the barriers posed by power structures, patriarchal norms and governance disconnects.
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.
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.
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.
Lucia Scodanibbio visited ASSAR's South Asia field sites with Georgina Cundill Kemp to see the great work that WOTR has been involved in over the past few years. This is her photo-essay of the field trip.