Small Grants Programme: Trade offs for climate-resilient pastoral livelihoods in wildlife conservancies in the Mara Ecosystem, Kenya

This working paper explores how involvement in conservation and tourism may be enhancing, or restricting, climate-resilient livelihoods of pastoralists in East Africa. Its results aim to inform conservation and tourism investments to better serve as livelihood opportunities that enhance pastoral resilience.

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Kenya: Country situation assessment

This report aims to identify research gaps that will inform policy formulation and mitigate negative climate change impacts to improve the livelihoods and welfare of communities in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands.

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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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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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Climate change, private sector and value chains: Constraints and adaptation strategies

Private sector actors are key agents of change in semi-arid areas. But how does, and will, climate change impact private sector incentives and activities, and markets? And how can the private sector identify new market opportunities in semi-arid regions?

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(Re)conceptualising maladaptation in policy and practice: towards an evaluative framework

What are the characteristics and symptoms of maladaptation, and how can it be diagnosed? Which strategies are likely to lead to maladaptive outcomes? This report aims to help policymakers and practitioners identify the main constituents of maladaptation.

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