Climate Change Adaptation

Climate change adaptation is one of the sub-themes under RiPPLE’s Growth LARS. It examined the role of water investments in facilitating local adaptation to the current and projected impacts of climate change on water resources.

Four specific interventions have been assessed in Oromiya Region (and will be published soon) : Irrigation Schemes; Improved Rangeland Management; PSNP; and Integrated Water Resource Management/Multiple Use Systems.


  • To identify which types of interventions/investments in the water sector enhance adaptation to the impacts of climate change.
  • To facilitate uptake of the study findings at the local, national and international level.

Research Questions

The study will include three broad research activities:

  • Impact & Adaptation Assessment by looking at what is climate change; how does it impact household assets; how do local communities cope; and what are characteristics of planned interventions?
  • Scenario Development & Analysis: Assessing the effectiveness of interventions, i.e. how effective are planned interventions in facilitating adaptation; what adaptation do they facilitate; and are they economically, politically and socially sustainable?
  • Continuing the Adaptation Process through identifying a target audience and preparing a targeting strategy.

Study Methodology

The methodological framework for the study is based on an ‘asset-based adaptation’ approach. This approach identifies the asset vulnerability of low-income individuals, households and communities to climate change in urban and rural areas and helps assess how assets can support adaptation.

Links to action

In line with the principles of action research, this study will aim at continuing the adaptation process by identifying a target audience and an uptake strategy for the local, national and international level.

Page last updated 28 Aug 2009