The project of the Earth Institute, Columbia University, aims to analyze responses of the policy-making apparatus in a number of targeted countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia to forecasts and impacts during the 2002-03 El Niño event. This intensive observing phase will involve on-the-ground presence through local partners to investigate responses of government, private sector and civil society institutions in key sectors as well as in central economic planning. Earth Institute and the IRI are providing initial resources for the project. The project will seek to collect data and analyze:
• The communication of El Niño forecasts by government agencies.
• Proactive responses of policy makers in key sectors and line ministries in terms of alternate plans/resiliency building measures.
• The diverse socio-economic impacts of the (El Niño led) drought/precipitation events across sectors and rural and urban areas.
• Critical residual effects in the aftermath of the El Niño including social learning on the part of key stakeholders, unanticipated impacts of the policy measures, and persistent equity impacts.
Cross Cutting Themes:
Climate and Society
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