CSA is a network of communities, individuals and organizations working on climate change mitigation and adaptation in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Currently our activities are focused on sharing information from these countries to enable peer to peer learning and grassroots action. We partner with relevant organizations in these countries to ensure sustained inputs and learning. If you would like to partner with us, keeping mind the objectives and values of CSA, please email us at contact@climatesouthasia.org.

 

Bangladesh

As per a Fifth Assessment Report of the IPCC (2014), Bangladesh faces tremendous vulnerability resulting from sea level rise and cyclones. Climate change has resulting impacts on food security, human health, gender survival, and community based adaptation.

Several organizations and donor agencies (UNDP, WB, FAO, GEF, etc.) are working actively in Bangladesh to establish policies, strategies and programmes to enhance adaptive capacities of communities that are likely to be affected in many ways from climate change. With an environment that is unpredictable and has a potential to have high impact on large populations of humans, flora and fauna, there will be a need to view the issue with a wider lens in Bangladesh.

CSA aims to bring a fresh view to the issues and solutions of climate change through our Knowledge Center of articles, case studies and community initiatives. Through our partner interactions in Bangladesh, CSA aims to increase community-level climate change adaptation actions.

 

India

India’s commitment to reducing climate change is full-throttle with the advent of the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) in 2008. Our recent commitment in the form of the Climate Change Plan prior to the Paris Conference to reducing climate change (40% of India’s energy is planned to be from renewable energy by 2030) further cemented a seriousness on the part of the government to address the issue of climate change.

While mitigation plans through renewable energy adoption and energy efficiency improvements have intensified in various parts of the country, adaptation through community actions has not gathered momentum at the pace that will most help local communities. While clearly there is intensified understanding of climate change implications on future resource availability and stability, mobilizing larger communities to actively engage in sustainable grassroot solutions is urgently required.

Through its networks and peer-to-peer learning initiatives, CSA will push for greater involvement, fresh thinking, behavioural change, and replicable solutions. It will engage with relevant partners to bring forth valuable lessons and best practices.

 

The Maldives

Climate change poses threats to the Maldives’ very existence. Not only do rising sea levels threaten to bring the nation underwater, but the growing acidity of the ocean due to climate change, as well as high levels of unsustainable tourism, threaten the coral reefs upon which the nation rises out of the ocean to an average of only 2.4 meters above sea level. This nation has been called the “extreme test case for climate change action,” with the former president calling attention to the severity of the threat by holding a public cabinet meeting underwater.

Through our partner interactions in the Maldives, CSA aims to increase community-level climate change adaptation actions to mitigate the threats that the Maldives faces.

 

Nepal

The diversity in Nepal’s climate is matched by the diversity of its multiple ecosystems and flora and fauna species. A majority of Nepalis depend on agriculture and forest resources for their livelihoods, making climate change implications a major issue. The melting of glaciers, flooding, and increased precipitation that could result in this small, vulnerable nation would be potentially disastrous.

CSA aims to assist Nepal in furthering their efforts in adapting to harsh changes and impacts.

 

Pakistan

Pakistan has recently been hit by high temperatures, severe floods, and drought, bringing to light the climate change implications on human populations, health, and agriculture. While the country has a Climate Change Plan (2012), limited action is seen on the ground, considering the extensive political and ethnic issues facing the country. There is a need to persevere and support community grassroots action through the sharing of best practices that may be replicable here.

CSA aims to work with groups in Pakistan that have actively engaged in and have a strong agenda for climate change mitigation.

 

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has played an active role in climate change negotiations and actions at the national level for several years. The government has recently finalized its National Climate Change Action Plan, considering that sea level and temperature rise would have serious implications on them.

CSA will actively engage with community groups in Sri Lanka to bring them resourceful stories and case studies.