Climate Change


Global climate change is a natural phenomenon; it is well known that the earth’s average surface temperature has been increasing since the end of the Little Ice Age. The most well known anthropogenic cause of global warming is Green House Gas (GHG) emissions, in recent years. Warming may induce sudden shifts in regional weather patterns like monsoons or the El Niño. Such changes would have severe consequences for water availability and flooding in tropical regions and their livelihoods South Asian countries are particularly at risk. The impacts result not only from gradual changes in temperature and sea level rise but also, in particular, from increased climate variability and extremes, including more intense floods, droughts, and cyclones. These changes have had impacts on economic performances of South Asian countries and the lives of millions of the poor. It also puts at risk infrastructure, agriculture, human health, water resources, and the environment. South Asian nations have started to face the effects of Climate Change.

All the nations of the sub-region are threatened by effects of climate change. A major concern in South Asia is the lack of knowledge and awareness on climate change as well as the lack of necessary resources to assess the possible impacts. There is a need for research on localized climate changes and its impacts. The focus is on promoting understanding of Climate Change, adaptation and mitigation, energy efficiency and natural resource conservation.

What we do

SAVAE is engaged in a variety of international activities to promote activities that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. SAVAE establishes partnerships, provides leadership, and shares technical expertise to support these activities.