Mapping the cotton value chain in Pakistan: a preliminary assessment for climate vulnerabilities and pathways to adaptation

This research into the implications of climate change for the cotton sector in Pakistan focuses on understanding the stakeholders who operate within the cotton sector, the policy environment in which they function, and the process of textile manufacturing and export, in order to identify opportunities for economic transformation and diversification in the sector.

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Do natural disasters change savings and employment choices? Evidence from Pakistan and Bangladesh

Pakistan and Bangladesh are among the countries most vulnerable to livelihood risks arising from frequent exposure to large-scale natural disasters. This working paper studies household responses to floods and storms in terms of short-term changes to their dependence on agriculture.

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Climate induced rural-to-urban migration in Pakistan

How do climate shocks and slow onset changes in rural areas of Pakistan impact ecological conditions that may lead to migration? This report indicates that climate change acts with other socioeconomic determinants of migration.

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Climate risk management

This report contributes to the knowledge base for the management of climate risk to build economic resilience in semi-arid regions by analysing the main challenges to climate risk management in semi-arid zones, and identifying areas and sectors in which climate risk management represents a challenge in Africa and Asia. It also suggests new research directions, and recommends that policy makers and private sector actors should give greater consideration to the climate risk management dimension.

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Connecting the dots: linking climate change resilience to human capital

This report explores the different pathways through which vulnerability to climate change depends on the capacities of people, and how these capacities can improve the ability of people to adapt to climate change.

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Pakistan: Country situation assessment

This report assesses climate-related risks facing Pakistan, and their connection to development. It also highlights how these risks may exacerbate, or in some cases, facilitate one another. The paper also analyses the existing adaptation policy framework and identifies priority adaptation alternatives for further research.

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Coping with climate risk: the role of institutions, governance and finance in private adaptation decisions of the poor

How can political and economic institutions affect – help or hinder – the decisions of the poor and other marginalised groups in semi-arid lands to adapt in the context of changing climate? This report assesses the range of risk-coping mechanisms available to poorer households, with a focus on barriers to adaptation and what these adaptive responses imply for development prospects.

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Climate change and the geographical and institutional drivers of economic development

How does climate change impact long-term economic development in semi-arid lands? How does climate change influence the likelihood of conflict, and affect the environmental context in which political and economic institutions evolve?

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