ASSAR’s overarching research objective is to improve the understanding of the barriers, enablers and limits to effective, sustained and widespread adaptation in semi-arid regions from now until the 2030s. To do this, the project conducts research on the socio-ecological risks and dynamics of livelihood transitions, and access, use and management of land and water resources in water-stressed environments. ASSAR works regionally across seven countries: Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, India, Mali, and Namibia.
Home to hundreds of millions of people, the semi-arid regions of Africa and Asia are particularly vulnerable to climate-related impacts and risks. These climate-change hot-spots are highly dynamic systems that already experience harsh climates, adverse environmental change, and a relative paucity of natural resources. People here may be further marginalized by high levels of poverty, inequality and rapidly changing socio-economic, governance and development contexts. These pressures are expected to amplify in the coming decades. Therefore, it is essential to understand what facilitates the empowerment of people, local organizations and governments to adapt to climate change in a way that minimizes vulnerability and promotes long-term resilience.
To date, most adaptation efforts have focused on reactive, short-term and site-specific solutions to climate-related vulnerabilities. Although important, these responses often fail to address the root causes of vulnerability, and to shed light on how to proactively spur larger-scale and longer-term adaptation that has positive effects on socio-economic development. Using both research and practice to address this information shortfall, ASSAR seeks to produce future-focused and societally-relevant knowledge of potential pathways to wellbeing through adaptation.
ASSAR’s overarching research objective is to use insights from multiple-scale, interdisciplinary work to improve the understanding of the barriers, enablers and limits to effective, sustained and widespread adaptation in semi-arid regions (SARs) out to the 2030s.
To achieve this, ASSAR aims to:
1. Undertake high-quality, innovative, transdisciplinary research to generate new stakeholder-driven knowledge on vulnerability and adaptation to climate change in SARs.
2. Develop and trial relevant and actionable strategies for adaptation that inform and influence key stakeholders.
3. Create innovative communication approaches for effective knowledge sharing on climate change vulnerability and adaptation in SARs.
4. Enable systemic capacity strengthening for adaptation in SARs, in research, policy and practice domains, and create a new cadre of Southern adaptation specialists who can take on leadership positions in these domains.
5. Ensure that the ASSAR research is used during and beyond CARIAA to shape policies and practices that enable vulnerable populations and sectors adapt to climate change.
ASSAR works in a coordinated manner across seven countries in India, East Africa, West Africa and Southern Africa: Botswana, India, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, and Namibia. Focal research themes in each region are:
West Africa: agro-intensification
East and Southern Africa: land and water access
India: land use, land cover and livelihood changes
Using a case-study approach, the research strives to integrate climatic, environmental, social and economic change. The dynamics of gender roles and relations form a particularly strong theme throughout the consortium’s approach.
Cross-regional comparison and integration of findings enables ASSAR to develop a unique and systemic understanding of the processes and factors that impede adaptation and cause vulnerability to persist.
To ensure that project case studies are aligned with the needs and realities of people living and working in these regions, ASSAR seeks to build meaningful and long-lasting relationships with a wide spectrum of stakeholders. It does this by:
o guiding stakeholders through participatory scenario planning processes, to build a common understanding of current adaptation needs and past adaptation failings;
o using stakeholder mapping and analysis to better understand the power dynamics of different stakeholder groups;
o working with and alongside boundary organisations and the private sector; and
o engaging in effective communication, capacity building and advocacy campaigns.
ASSAR aims to produce research that will be used to inform and build the capacity of key stakeholders—policy- and decision-makers, practitioners, primary stakeholders, academic researchers, boundary organizations, networks, platforms and other strategic alliances—with respect to adaptation pathways in semi-arid regions. The research would also ideally contribute to greater integration of the domains of research, policy and practice.
This knowledge and capacity gained should in turn promote the following outcomes:
1. Actors and institutions, with interest and influence to remove barriers and enhance social enablers for climate change adaptation in SARs, have enhanced human/social capital and have undergone a change in attitude, behaviors and capacities.
2. These same actors and institutions have improved access to financial and other resources.
3. Actors and institutions without influence, power and agency are enabled to act on the removal of barriers and enhance enablers for climate change adaptation in SARs.
For more information, visit http://www.assar.uct.ac.za/
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|1||Methods and apparatuses to convey a local call hold state to a recipient device||telecom||21-04-13||9667781||QUALCOMM Incorporated|
|2||Call handling across subscriptions in dual SIM dual active (DSDA) devices via short range wireless||telecom||06-01-14||9131061||QUALCOMM Incorporated|
|3||CALL HANDLING ACROSS SUBSCRIPTIONS IN DUAL SIM DUAL ACTIVE (DSDA) DEVICES VIA SHORT RANGE WIRELESS||telecom||06-01-14||20150195393||QUALCOMM Incorporated|
|4||METHODS AND APPARATUSES TO CONVEY A LOCAL CALL HOLD STATE TO A RECIPIENT DEVICE||telecom||21-04-13||20140315524||QUALCOMM Incorporated|
|5||A deformation compensation technique for wax pattern die of rotary engine blade||Engineering||15-11-17||16410/2017-
|GLA University IPR Licensed to ASSAR|
|6||One-class abutment higher order tensor appliance classifier||Engineering||15-11-17||16541/2017-CO/L||GLA University IPR Licensed to ASSAR|
|7||Thermal reading assesement during friction stir welding||Engineering||15-11-17||16413/2017-CO/L||GLA University IPR Licensed to ASSAR|
|8||3-amino-2-(4-nitrophenyl)-4-(3H)- quinazolinone or by-product thereof for treating or avert antiviral infections||Pharmacy||15-11-17||16542/2017-CO/L||GLA University IPR Licensed to ASSAR|
|9||Conditions Mild TFC Bleaching Arrangements for AS/AQ Wheat Straw Pulp||Pharmacy||15-11-17||16544/2017-CO/L||GLA University IPR Licensed to ASSAR|
|10||Process of producing tibolone metabolites by leavening with Fusarium Lini||Pharmacy||15-11-17||16558/2017-CO/L||GLA University IPR Licensed to ASSAR|
|11||Cost and accomplishments controlling||Management||15-11-17||16550/2017-CO/L||GLA University IPR Licensed to ASSAR|
|12||Operations management||Management||15-11-17||16557/2017-CO/L||GLA University IPR Licensed to ASSAR|
|13||Management modus operandi||Management||15-11-17||16556/2017-CO/L .||GLA University IPR Licensed to ASSAR|
|14||Obtaining of high resolution biometric images||Engineering||24-11-17||16539/2017-CO/L||G.L. Bajaj Institute of Management and Research IPR Licensed to ASSAR|
|15||Work with USB Microscope for Micro art on rice||Engineering||24-11-17||16537/2017-CO/L||G.L. Bajaj Institute of Management and Research IPR Licensed to ASSAR|
|16||System and method for organising data signals||Engineering||24-11-17||16448/2017-CO/L||G.L. Bajaj Institute of Management and Research IPR Licensed to ASSAR|
|17||“NEW AND EFFICIENT DATA WARE HOUSING ALGORITHM FOR MULTIPLE RFID READERS||IT||21-11-17||16563/2017-CO/L||MLR Institute of Technology IPR Licensed to ASSAR|
|18||A NOVEL CHAOTIC QUANTUM BASED HOMOMORPHIC CPABE AUTHENTICATION PROTOCOL AGAINST MALICIOUS ATTACK IN WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS||CSE||21-11-17||16564/2017-CO/L||MLR Institute of Technology IPR Licensed to ASSAR|
|19||“FITNESS MANAGEMENT ANDROID APPLICATION”||CSE||21-11-17||16568/2017-CO/L||MLR Institute of Technology IPR Licensed to ASSAR|
|20||“AUTOMATED TOOL FOR BLOOM’S TAXONOMY”||CSE||21-11-17||16569/2017-CO/L||MLR Institute of Technology IPR Licensed to ASSAR|
|21||“DISEASE MANAGEMENT ”||CSE||21-11-17||16571/2017-CO/L||MLR Institute of Technology IPR Licensed to ASSAR|