Select Committee on International Development Minutes of Evidence

Annex A


  DEFRA instigated a programme of research (known as Fastrack) to provide globally quantitative estimates of the impacts of climate change in five key sectors—ecosystems, water resources, agriculture, health and sea level rise—by bringing together experts from these areas and the Meteorological Centre's Hadley Centre. Work has been published and presented at several Conferences of the Parties to the UNFCCC.

  The UK is also funding development of a portable Regional Climate Change Model through the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research that will enable developing countries to generate their own national climate change scenarios for use in impact and adaptation studies. In addition, the Government supports a number of projects through the UK's bilateral development programme to help developing countries adapt to the impacts of climate change. These projects include assessments of vulnerability to climate change, the evaluation of policy options for monitoring systems and response strategies, the assessment of policy frameworks for implementing adaptation measures and response strategies in the context of coastal zone management, disaster preparedness, agriculture, fisheries and forests, and the building of national regional and/or sub regional institutional capacity.

  The UK is undertaking collaborative research projects with India and China on impacts and adaptation to climate change. This work will involve the development of new approaches to assessment of vulnerability and adaptation, and build capacity through promotion of the transfer of methodologies and approaches from the UK. The research will be undertaken by scientists based at local research institutes:

    —  For India the project will develop national climate change and socio-economic scenarios and will assess the sectoral impacts of climate change on sea level variability, water resources, forests, agriculture, health, and energy industry and transport infrastructure.

    —  The project with China will focus on the impacts of climate change for agriculture. National climate change scenarios and socio-economic scenarios relevant for agriculture will be developed. The project also aims to build capacity through collaboration with UK experts and training of Chinese scientists at UK institutions during study visits.

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