Launching Workshop to develop a Training Manual on the Impact of Climate Variability in South
Asia. February 18th and 19th 2014
SCaN in association with the Institute for Resource Analysis and Policy (IRAP)India and Cap-Net
UNDP organised the launching workshop for the preparation of a training manual on ‘Climate
Variability and Impacts on Water, Energy and Food Security in South Asia’ which was held in
Hyderabad, India on the 18th and 19th of February 2014.
The objectives of the workshop were to create a South Asia level platform for informed debate on
the ways to reduce the vulnerability of the region’s water, energy and food systems to the
impacts of climate variability and synthesising multi level information into a training manual.
The workshop comprised a task group of 10 participants, 6 of whom were experts from different
disciplines of the field of water and who were high level professionals. There were 5
representatives from IRAP, 3 from SaciWATERs and 2 international participants representing South
Asia region of Nepal and Sri Lanka.
The content of the workshop explored the existing literature, principles, concepts, philosophies
and issues relating to Climate Variability globally, but focussed its debate and discussions on
Climate Variability in the South Asian region especially the gaps in information available in
the literature. The three main areas of debate were:
- How climate variability impacts on water resources and the manner in which they affect the
water, energy and food systems in the region;
- Their impact on the socio-economic systems, particularly the poor and the vulnerable
sections (vis-à-vis water security, food and nutritional security, livelihood security and
- The adaptive water management approaches in the larger framework of integrated water
resources management that would mitigate these impacts.
The gaps identified and discussion generated in the workshop was condensed into an informal task
list. The experts who attended the workshop would carry out location studies in their respective
countries to fill these gaps, and write papers. These papers will feed into the development of
modules. The training manual is expected to be used in one of the forthcoming training
programmes, to be organized by IRAP-SaciWATERs in collaboration with WALAMTARI, Hyderabad.
A compendium of already synthesised material will be submitted to Cap-Net.