The impacts of climate change are already observed and expected to worsen, thereby stressing the importance of ambitious adaptation action. In relation, adaptation tracking is promoted as an iterative process of assessing if and how adaptation is taking place with the aim of showing accountability in climate action and to generate insights that could be useful for advancing adaptation policymaking. The current literature has focussed substantially on the challenges of adaptation tracking and has adopted a top-down and apolitical approach in proposing frameworks. This seemingly apolitical approach is known to be problematic and likely to limit the effectiveness of adaptation tracking in practice.
Using case studies of the Eastern Africa livestock sector, Lucy will develop a critical perspective on how tools for tracking adaptation could be designed and used in cognizance of the current knowledge production and use practices. To do this, she will first characterize the institutional rules and social practices of knowledge production and use in the livestock sector of three countries: Kenya, Uganda, and Ethiopia. she will then characterize the diverse conceptualizations of adaptation and the plurality of preferences on how adaptation should be tracked. Finally, she will engage with relevant actors to co-produce frameworks for tracking adaptation in the livestock sector, while testing and developing protocols for how to institutionalize meaningful adaptation tracking in cognizance of the prevailing knowledge production and use practices.