HighNoon article: "Stakeholder engagement in climate change vulnerability assessments and associated challenges: A case study in the Ganges Basin in India"

The HighNoon project has a strong modelling and socioeconomic component with a focus on the Ganges basin. It has been uniquely structured as it aims to assess basin-wide changes in the climate and water availability conditions and communicate these scientific findings to stakeholders and in this process through the stakeholder interactions assist in the formulation of adaptation strategies that are locally well suited. Through a participatory process, it intends to integrate new knowledge on the science on climate change projections, impacts of climate change on water resources and projections on water demand, with the experience of communities, and other stakeholders, on climatic hazards, impacts, past response strategies, gaps in responses and the need for adaptation.

Results from modelling based exercises are now available for 4 scenarios using two different sets of models from Hadley Centre and the Max Planck Institute that have further been used in the impact models.

Currently, the stakeholder consultations are underway at the district/block and community level for four case study areas (Allahabad, Udham Sing Nagar, Delhi and West Bengal).

HighNoon project members: Suruchi Bhadwal, Ashok Mishra, Arabinda Mishra, Sreeja Nair, Sneha Balakrishnan, Sambita Ghosh, G. J. Lingaraj, Annemarie Groot, Christian Siderius, Catharien Terwisscha van Scheltinga, Eddy Moors and Tanya Singh