The Global Adaptation Research Program (GARP) is a new partnership between IDRC and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID). This new program of research on adaptation to climate change represents a joint investment of CAD 70 million over seven (7) years in Asia and Africa.
The Program focus is on increasing the resilience of the most vulnerable populations and their livelihoods in three ‘hot spots’ selected for their combination of significant climate change impacts in the biophysical environment and high risks due to a large number of poor people with limited capacity to adapt. The Program’s geographical scope includes Africa and Asia, and the hot spots are semi-arid zones, mega-deltas and densely populated river basins including glacier-fed systems.
The Program’s goal is to develop robust evidence to inform how to increase the resilience of vulnerable populations in these hot spots. It will generate knowledge on conditions leading to vulnerability to climate change and how to increase resilience and develop sustainable adaptation measures within and across the hot spots.
These outputs will provide decision-makers at the local, national and regional levels with the robust scientific evidence they need to inform their policies and programs to increase the resilience of the vulnerable populations and make a difference in their life.