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South America: Research

Volume 481: debated on Thursday 23 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 13 October 2008, Official Report, column 995W, on South America: research, what priority themes were identified by the International Development Research Centre for Asia and Latin America; when consideration of the studies will be completed; what the cost of the scoping work is expected to be; and how many training places have been created as a result of this work. (228692)

The Department for International Development has co-funded with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) scoping studies related to climate change adaptation research in Asia and Latin America.

In Latin America as a whole, the priority adaptation research themes identified were agriculture, governance, health, social protection, migration, water, financial institutions and disaster risk reduction. Similar themes were identified in the Asia study.

The total cost of the scoping work is expected to be around £600,000, of which DFID will contribute £400,000. DFID’s consideration of the scoping work is expected to be complete by the end of March 2009.

No training places were created as a result of the scoping studies.