CLIMATE CIVICS INSTITUTE

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND MODEL

Adaptation Grassroots vulnerability of global communities: water, food, livelihood, risk On-Ground Research: Coping, Resilience, Shared Future, Community benefits Policy Mechanism: Local, Between Countries, Global

Yale: Faculty Collaboration, New Research, Curriculum Field Research: India, Australia Government Outreach: US, India, Australia Policy Dialog: Delhi, Canberra, Washington DC Impacting Presence, Cutting edge outcomes, solutions for the majority

CLIMATE CIVICS

New Multi-stakeholder Paradigm

International Dialog

Climate Civics Institute (CCI) is an adaptation research-policy initiative of 2009 Yale World Fellows (YWF) Unmesh Brahme (India) and Tim Jarvis (Australia/UK). Climate Civics is a thought innovation, developed in response to crucial ground realities.  Communities will increasingly suffer climate change consequences but adequate practical or policy guidance does not exist to assist them.  Much of the academic work and practical/policy delivery mechanisms relevant to improving climate change resilience are silo-based with institutional/policy inconsistencies and disconnects that further compromise outcomes.  Focus on mitigation creates lesser concentration on adaptation; international dialog centers on aid, not shared problems and shared opportunities. Climate Civics is a policy research institute geared to achieving institutional reforms and partnerships to efficiently and equitably deliver “coping mechanisms” and adaptation outcomes for climate-affected communities. Although mitigation and sequestration opportunities will also be explored, CCI will focus on adaptation as it represents the more urgent need. Those most vulnerable reside in some of the most risk prone regions with their voice rarely if ever heard. Failure to assist will in turn have huge sociopolitical implications. Hence the need to define a global civics of engagement and action. CCI approach forces problem identification via practical application rather than top-down policy that attempts to second-guess problems, or via institutional constraints, fails to deliver outcomes.

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CLIMATE CIVICS INSTITUTE
Based on this, CCI proposes the following:  Develop and apply approaches to climate adaptation in a number of locations, in India initially. A multidisciplinary team of experts including Yale faculty, external researchers, a number of Yale World Fellows, expertise from India and Australia via Unmesh and Tim’s extensive federal and state networks. Deliver sustainable on-ground adaptive solutions via collaboration of multiple sectors: science, technology, government, policy; and involving stakeholders: NGOs, business, government, academia and affected communities. To fund this in the short/medium term via a range of public-private partnerships, and grant funding from Australia/India governments. Longer term via sustainable business models. Track and distil learnings from the approaches taken (utilizing a suite of appropriate indicators and tools) to understand strengths and weaknesses of the approaches across disciplines. To use all combined learnings to inform more robust outcome-focused holistic policy, and models for adaptation that can be re-applied (initially in Australia and India) with significant outreach within Yale and its stakeholders and relevant forums in New York and Washington DC.

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Methodology – Initial Pilot Projects Initially, CCI has identified 2 drought prone, semi-arid regions in India where climate change is a major issue, but where communities are receptive to adaptation, and good public-private opportunities exist. These are: 1. Maharashtra o Goal: to build a water resilience model to drought proof against extreme temperatures via water science, community organizing, agricultural sciences, community economics, local government. o Policy outcome: Multi-disciplinary water resilience model for climate vulnerable communities. 2. Gujarat o Goal: Afforestation-based agro-forestry livelihoods and REDD mechanism for vulnerable communities via forestry science, community organizing, water management, community economics, local government, carbon sequestration. o Policy Outcome: Climate adaptive agro-forestry livelihood model for climate vulnerable communities. ends

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