Examining changes in local adaptive capacity resulting from climate change adaptation programming in rural Kyrgyzstan

Authors Ashley, L.; Zhumanova, M.; Isaeva, A.; Dear, C.
Year of Publication 2016
Type of Publication Journal Article
Journal Climate and Development
Volume 8
Open Access No


The Mountain Societies Development Support Programme, a non-governmental organization, designed and facilitated a climate change adaptation programme to build local adaptive capacity (LAC) among agro-pastoral villages in remote mountain areas of Kyrgyzstan. This research evaluated the programme using the LAC framework of Jones et al. [2010. Towards a characterisation of adaptive capacity: A framework for analysing adaptive capacity at the local level. Background Note. Overseas Development Institute.] Research found the programme contributed to increased adaptive capacity related to the asset base, knowledge and information, and flexible forward-looking decision-making. There were less apparent changes in the characteristics of institutions and entitlements and innovation.