Case studies: demonstration projects for climate change adaptation

Factsheet / Brochure

Case studies: demonstration projects for climate change adaptation

AUTHORS: Anna Kalisch; Somya Bhatt


July 2014


The work related to demonstration projects, has been realised under the Indo-German development project Climate Change Adaptation in Rural Areas of India (CCA RAI) which is jointly implemented by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), Government of India and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale 
Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. Over 5 years the project has tested several measures that contribute to building the resilience of communities and ecosystems to climatic and non-climatic stresses and reduces their vulnerability. 
India is considered highly vulnerable to climate change, not only because of high physical exposure to climate-related disasters but also because of the dependency of its economy and majority of population on climate-sensitive sectors. In addition, poverty is a critical factor that limits the adaptive capacity of rural people in India. In addition to the existing adaptation measures, there is a need to implement innovative measures with an objective to enhance local communities' coping capacity by providing alternate livelihood, increased income and better adapted land use systems.
MoEF & CC and GIZ supported the governments of the four partner states and local communities through Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and other relevant stakeholders in identifying, developing and carrying out hands-on adaptation measures in land use. The partner states represent India's different agro-climatic zones: Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. In total, nine demonstration measures have been implemented under CCA RAI project in the four partner states. The target group of all projects is the poor rural population in India that is most at risk from climate change and whose survival depends strongly on the availability of natural resources (agriculture, 
fisheries, and forestry). The factsheets capture the main intervention areas of the demonstration projects, results achiveved and lessons learnt.