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Partnership with Himalayan Adaptation, Water and Resilience (HI-AWARE)

The project aims to develop climate change adaptation approaches and increase resilience of the poorest and most vulnerable members of communities in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region. The Pakistan component of this project partnered with LEAD-Pakistan focuses on the Indus Basin, as the impact of climate change on the livelihoods of people in these areas is likely to be severe.


1) Generate science-based knowledge on the various sectoral and climatic drivers of vulnerability.

2) Create robust evidence and improved understanding of the potential of adaptation approaches and practices, with an explicit focus on gender and livelihoods, based on turning point analysis and socioeconomic cost-benefit analysis.

3) Develop stakeholder-driven and gender inclusive adaptation pathways, based on the up and out-scaling of institutional and on-the-ground adaptation innovations, focusing on barriers and bridges to success, as well as possible co-benefits.

4) Promote uptake of evidence generated at various scales through development of synergies between academic/scientific knowledge and adaptation practices of communities.

5) Further strengthen the scientific expertise in climate change adaptation and resilience research and to contribute to improving science-policy-stakeholder networks and problem-solving capacity in the Indus Basin region.


Targets for LEAD-Pakistan:

1) Provide support in organizing stakeholder events (4 per year) with communities.

2) Connecting Scientific researchers from HI-AWARE with at least 3 policy actors per year.

3) Provide support in organizing at least 1 policy engagement event each year.

4) Facilitate field work in project sites and be part of data collection where possible.

5) Act as Peer-reviewer for HI-AWARE research products and other knowledge outputs.

6) At least one publication per year covering the issue of joint research with partners PARC.


  • International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD),
  • Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC).

Other Details

Start Date:07/01/2015
End Date:02/28/2018
Funded by:DFID, IDRC


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