Asymmetries in knowledge and information between farmers on the one hand and policy makers on the other, and the communication gaps that may arise as a result, could lead to inefficiencies in the overall process of adaptation to climate change. One way to overcome these gaps is by establishing Integrated Climate Information Management Systems (ICIMS) that can harness both the strengths of local knowledge systems and advances in modelling techniques in climate sciences. This project aims to improve the effectiveness of adaptation decisions of farmers and policymakers/experts by establishing and pilot-testing models of ICIMS that combine the strengths of decision criteria used by farmers and other policy stakeholders in Sri Lanka. By increasing the availability and use of appropriate climate information, the project aims to demonstrate interventions that can reduce the vulnerability of farming community to climate risks while improving the overall adaptive capacity of all stakeholders involved. In developing ICIMS, the project intends to borrow from existing best practices in South Asia and other TTI supported regions (e.g. Africa, Latin America) and share the lessons and success stories with the same stakeholders at the completion of the project.
Bridging the Climate Information and Communications Gaps for Effective Adaptation Decisions: An Integrated Climate Information Management System (ICIMS)
- Janathakshan SANDEE - Department of Meteorology
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