HighNoon Internship Tanya Singh

Tanya Singh had her internship at TERI and focused mainly within the framework of WP 4 of the HighNoon project. WP 4 intends to develop a new participatory methodology for the prioritization of adaptation strategies in response to climate change. In total there were two main goals for the internship. Firstly, to develop an evaluation framework, which makes an assessment of the applied methodology developed in WP 4 for the stakeholder workshops possible. Secondly, to carry out a literature review in order to collect different possibilities on how to address the economic dimension in the participatory prioritization process on climate change adaptation strategies in phase III of the HighNoon project.

The assessment of the workshops was conducted with the help of a detailed questionnaire filled out by the facilitation team after every workshop. It analysed the effectiveness and efficiency of the methodology applied during the workshop and of the overall workshop process. The preliminary assessment outcomes of the workshops from Kharagpur and Allahabad revealed that it has the potential to be used to identify if the intended goals of the methodology were reached or not and how satisfying the outcomes were. The results provided so far also show that the evaluation framework can be used to improve future workshops. Moreover, it is also valuable for Deliverable 4.1, which reflects upon the used methods and processes developed in WP4. Nonetheless, there is room for improvement to achieve better results from the evaluations. Minor changes in the sequence of the questions and different type of questions have been suggested for this purpose. Also the outcomes of the workshops, especially the gathered adaptation strategies, have to be evaluated more critically (e.g. if the results can be modelled, or the strategies can be suggested on a policy level or be implemented on a regional level).

The literature review conducted to investigate how to approach the economic dimension in a stakeholder prioritization process revealed following: In case it is required or wished to present numeric values during the prioritization process to the stakeholders, the World Bank method used in the agricultural case study in Latin America will be appropriate. The idea behind the World Bank study is to first let a CBA be carried out by experts for the most potential adaptation measures, then consider the results in a MCA together with the stakeholders. However, if as a first step a qualitative approach is sufficient, then it is more advisable to choose the Routeplanner approach applied in the Netherlands, which uses the opposite path. It suggests as the first step to analyse the costs and benefits in a MCA and only hereafter to perform a CBA for the most promising results.

Tanya Singh