Climate change is an enormous challenge for South Asian countries. The region is highly vulnerable to climate change impacts, including slow onset events: sea level rise, increasing temperatures, ocean acidification, glacial retreat and related impacts, salinisation, land and forest degradation, loss of biodiversity and desertification are described as slow onset events.
However, there is very little understanding of slow onset events and its impact on the regional populations and economies that are heavily dependent on natural resources and climate sensitive sectors and have already witnessed the loss of livelihood, reduction in agricultural productivity, negative health impacts and displacement.
Climate Action Network South Asia (CANSA) along with Action Aid International and APAN as collaborators is working to build capacity of stakeholders in three countries (Nepal, India and Sri Lanka), due to impacts already visible on key sectors which support the livelihoods of a large population. The interventions are Mobilising scientists, policymakers and practitioners to comprehensively assess the impact of slow onset events and prepare a comprehensive response Spreading awareness about the loss and damage caused by slow onset events to people and ecosystems and Sensitise, engage and build capacity of stakeholders, particularly policymakers and practitioners to develop appropriate solutions.