Mahesh Shrestha

Climate Change Adaptation Interventions in Chitwan Annapurna Landscape

This project is a part of USAID funded Hariyo Ban Programme in Nepal implemented jointly by a consortium comprising of WWF Nepal, CARE Nepal, Federation of Community Forest Users Nepal (FECOFUN) and National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC). The project was implemented by LI-BIRD in the selected sites of Chitwan Annapurna Landscape (CHAL). Characterized by a strong forestry-farming linkage, CHAL presents a set of unique challenges and opportunities for expanding, strengthening and deepening sustainable biodiversity management practices, safeguarding the deteriorating natural resource base, and promoting resilient livelihoods support efforts focusing on poor, women and disadvantaged groups (DAG). 

The landscape is also prone to a number of localized climatic hazards (e.g., prolonged droughts, erratic rainfall, flash floods, glacial lake outburst floods, landslides, forest fires, etc) and associated with low level of awareness and capacity on the part of local community to adapt to climate change, which leads to low agricultural and ecosystem productivity. Climatic hazards, specifically climate extremes and disasters, have been creating additional challenges in the livelihoods and natural resources management of the landscape. Vulnerability of the landscape and its community (ies) is due to its fragile ecology and low level of institutional responses and community awareness on climate change and its impacts. In this context, building resilience of communities of the landscape is utmost priority in the area through identifying local climate and livelihoods context and bottom up planning for facilitating integrated adaptation approaches.

The project over the period of May-October 2013 aimed at building community and ecosystem resilience to climate change through preparation of community adaptation plans and sensitization of civil society organizations in the landscape.

The specific objectives of the project are:

  1. To prepare 16 community adaptation plans of action (CAPAs) with 16 Community Forest User Groups (CFUGs) of Gorkha, Lamjung, Tanahun, Kaski, and Syangja districts of Chitwan Annapurna Landscape to facilitate the communities to adapt to climate change; and
  2. To sensitize civil society organizations (NGOs, CBOs, FECOFUN district chapters, etc) in climate change, its impacts and response strategies, and their roles in the communities. 
Project Details
Countries: Nepal
Working districts: Gorkha, Kaski, Lamjung, Syangja, Tanahu
Project Duration: 2013 - 2013
Funded by: WWF
Contact Person: Keshab Thapa