Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) in collaboration with International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) Nepal, Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS); The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in India; and Alterra-Wageningen University and Research Centre (Alterra-WUR) in the Netherlands, is organizing the fourth Climate Change Adaptation Policy & Science (CCAPS) conference from February 26th-27th, 2018 in Islamabad Pakistan. CCAPS conference is a series of events held annually by the research project “Himalayan Adaptation, Water and Resilience (HI-AWARE) research on Glacier and Snowpack Dependent River Basins for Improving Livelihoods”. HI-AWARE is one of the four consortia supported by the Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) which is jointly funded by International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID). The conference aims at building a platform for adaptation and resilience research in the region and creates synergies with actions currently conducted on proposed by other actors. The conference facilitates exchange of knowledge and ideas on science, policy and good practices related to climate change adaptation in the Hindu-Kush Himalayan (HKH) region especially in Indus-Ganges-Brahmaputra River Basins. First, second and third CCAPS conferences were held in Kathmandu, Nepal in 2015, Delhi, India in 2016, and Dhaka Bangladesh 2017 respectively.
While working towards high caliber, peer-reviewed, and cogenerated research, HI-AWARE aims to ensure results are widely shared, in multiple formats for a range of audiences, through proactive and ongoing outreach and a commitment to open access publication. By establishing new collaborative networks, the program is strengthening adaptation and resilience building expertise among researchers, policymakers, and practitioners. Exchanges among experts in hot spot countries, and opportunities for early career scholars are helping to prepare the next generation of researchers. This new capacity will ultimately enhance the resilience of highly vulnerable populations in hot spots. Interaction with research users is integral to HI-AWARE and CARIAA’s design and vision. Members of the research consortia continuously engage with communities, practitioners and policymakers to ensure that stakeholders’ views are taken into account and results inform action at many scales.