Improved resilience of South Asian Countries to withstand the impact of climate change.
In South Asia climate change is expected to hit the hardest and it will have profound effects on water and food security. Hence, South Asia will need to face the full implications of the increasingly strong interconnections between water and food insecurity; where regional integration for developing climate change resilience is crucial. Climate change adaptation in the water and agriculture sectors along with coping with disaster preparedness through systematic planning and implementation is the most difficult challenge in the region.
In response to these challenges, WACDEP in South Asia was launched at the India Water Week in April 2013. Implementation of the programme was initiated in October 2013 and continues until March 2015. More than 40 climate resilience interventions are planned for the first phase of the programme with the financial support of Global Water partnership Secretariat (GWPO) and United Kingdom Department of International Development (DFID). With the conclusion of the first phase, a further set of activities will be rolled out with additional funding for the second phase. Currently, the programme activities are ongoing in six countries within the South Asian region – Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, at local, national and transboundary levels, with the support of national and regional actors. The programme will look for synergies with other initiatives and ongoing projects to ensure consistency and effectiveness and to enhance the impact.