Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Areas (ASSAR)
The primary aim of ASSAR is to better prepare the communities and governments of the semi-arid regions of Africa and Asia for the potential impacts of climate change. To achieve this, ASSAR is conducting high-quality, regionally relevant, and stakeholder-driven research, that will identify the factors that either prevent or enable widespread and long-term adaptation. By applying multi-faceted stakeholder engagement strategies, and by focusing on building capacities, sharing knowledge and nurturing partnerships, ASSAR will ensure that this research is used to influence adaptation policy and practice both today and in the future.
The ASSAR team comprises a mix of academic and practitioner organisations from countries in the Global North and South. It includes groups with global reach as well as those deeply embedded in their communities, and has the expertise needed to tackle the adaptation challenges at hand. From 2014 to 2018, this international and interdisciplinary ASSAR team will be working intensively in southern Africa, eastern, Africa, western Africa, and India, aiming to better understand the nature of vulnerability, the potential magnitude of future climate change impacts, and the barriers and enablers to widespread and transformative adaptation under a changing climate.