Hanku: Assessing the effects of land-use change on agrobiodiversity
Authors: Epsha Palikhey, Sajal Sthapit
Hanku is located in Jumla, a Himalayan district in the north-west of Nepal. Jumla ranges in altitude from 2000 to 6400 MASL, while Hanku reaches
altitudes of up to 4600 MASL. We worked with communities from nine wards in Hanku, belonging mainly to three major ethnic groups: Dalit, Brahmin and Chettri. We used household surveys, focus group discussions, participatory mapping and community assessment to assess diversity, land-use change and resilience. The data were combined with information on agrobiodiversity of high altitude crops from the UNEP/GEF funded Local Crop Project.