More effort is needed in connecting development sciences with the climate change research agenda if we are to increase the impact of UK science on developing countries.
We want to ensure that UK climate change policies and programmes have a clear international development agenda.
Our key activities include:
Bangladesh research collaboration pilot programme - understanding the complex nature of climate change processes affecting the interfaces between land, water and food, and subsequent impacts on the nutrition and health of the people of Bangladesh.
Low carbon energy group - improving collaboration and coordination amongst members who have an interest in research on low carbon energy and technology.
Natural disasters - members working together to share information on disaster risk reduction research.
Mapping - Underpinning our climate change work is comprehensive mapping. In 2007 we undertook a review of climate change research activity of each UKCDS member to help identify existing or potential synergies and gaps of the research that is relevant to development sciences.
The report - Climate Change Research and Development Sciences - paved the way for subsequent climate change initiatives, like the Bangladesh project.
In 2011 we will publish an updated version of the report.
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