An Integrated Climate Information Management System To Assist Farmers Vulnerable To Climate Change, 2016 

The IPS, in collaboration with the Department of Meteorology of Sri Lanka (DOM), Janathakshan (formerly Practical Action, Sri Lanka) and the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE), has launched an action research study on “Bridging the Climate Information and Communication Gaps for Effective Adaptation Decisions: An Integrated Climate Information Management System”, with financial support from the International Development Research Council (IDRC) of Canada under it Think Tank Initiative (TTI) - Opportunity Fund Grant Facility. The aim of the project is to improve the effectiveness of adaptation decisions of farmers and policymakers/experts by establishing and pilot-testing models of Integrated Climate Information Management Systems (ICIMS).  

The Integrated Climate Information Management Systems (ICIMS) aims to combine the strengths of probabilistic climate information products based advanced climate modelling techniques and the farmers’ local knowledge on climate and to assist their real-time decisions of famers and policy makers.  This will help to bridge the existing climate information gaps for better adaptation outcomes in agriculture sector of the country in the face of rising climate uncertainties. The lessons and experiences from the best practices in South Asia Region and other TTI support regions (e.g. Africa, Latin America) will be adopted to strengthen the Sri Lankan system.

The action research project has three major components, namely; Socio-economic Research Component, Capacity Development Component and Regional Knowledge Sharing Component. The IPS is mainly responsible for the Socio-economic Research Component and will play the coordinating role of the project with other partners. The Department of Meteorology of Sri Lanka and Janathakshan take the key responsibilities of the Capacity Development Component that aims to establish and functioning of pilot ICIMS models in selected locations.  The SANDEE will assist the Regional Knowledge Sharing Component by jointly organizing regional consultation workshops and other networking activities with the IPS.

Partners:  Department of Meteorology of Sri Lanka (DOM), Janathakshan and the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE).
Funding: Think Thank Initiative (TTI)
IPS Research Team: Dr. Athula Senaratne ,Dr. Manoj Thibbotuwawa, Kanchana Wickramasinghe, Dilani Hirimuthugodage

Regional Workshop: Bridging the Climate Information and Communication Gaps for Effective Adaptation Decisions: An Integrated Climate Information Management System (ICIMS), Colombo - June 2016