India is likely to experience fluctuating rainfall patterns, leading to increasingly severe droughts and floods. These changing weather patterns will have negative consequences for the country’s rural population, many of whom rely on natural resources for their livelihoods. At the local level, governmental and non-governmental actors have been implementing a diversity of projects aiming to assist these vulnerable populations, but these interventions have not always been well documented, and little has been done to synthesize good practices or policy recommendations from a body of experience.
To assist policymakers and practitioners in formulating programs that are grounded in evidence, WRI is partnering with the Watershed Organization Trust (WOTR) and the Swiss Development Corporation to implement the Scaling up Good Adaptation Practices project in India. This project will establish an applied adaptation research program to systematically capture lessons from on-the-ground adaptation experience and channel them into practical tools and policy recommendations. We also will engage a broad network of partners and allies in strategic communications and outreach activities to ensure that the best possible adaptation tools, practices, and ideas are taken up into state, national, and international policy and practice.