Strengthening responses to climate variability in South Asia

India

Drawing on field-research and consultations with policymakers, practitioners and academics, this case study looks at the dimensions of local resilience in two communities living around Chilika Lake in Odisha (formerly Orissa), the biggest brackish water lake in India.

Both communities are entirely dependent on the lake for their livelihoods; the first community, living on the stretch of the lake shore closest to the sea mouth, is a fishing community and the second, villagers living on the northern, inland lake shore, carry out salt farming.

This study is one of a series of regional studies which aim to present evidence of the interactions between environmental, social, political and economic risks at the local level in South Asia. Drawing on field research and consultations with policymakers, practitioners and academics, this case study looks at the dimensions of local resilience in two communities living around Chilika Lake in Odisha, the biggest brackish water lake in India. A summary of our findings from India and three other countries (Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan) is available in our executive summary report.