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Understanding the Cross-Scale Implications of Forest and Water Management for Adaptation and Mitigation in the Nepal Himalaya

Program Locations: Nepal
Project Duration: April 2010–October 2012
Project Lead: Ajaya Dixit, President, ISET-Nepal

Project Overview

The objective of this project was to increase the understanding of climate change and its implications for agriculture, forestry, livelihoods, and vulnerability in the Middle Hills of Nepal. The project aimed to generate policy-relevant information to enhance adaptation to climate change and improve food security. 

Core Program Activities

  • Identifying potential effects of climate change on agriculture and forestry based livelihoods as well as potential adaptation strategies to cope with those impacts.
  • Investigating the nature of ongoing climate change processes, including the potential effects of forest fires (specifically ash deposits) on melting rates of Himalayan glaciers.
  • Analyzing key policy issues and gaps in existing strategies for forest, agriculture, and water management.
  • Identifying points of entry that reflect larger systems interactions for building social resilience and adaptation to climate change.  

Professional Staff Invovled

Marcus Moench, President

Ajaya Dixit, President, ISET-Nepal

Jayendra Rimal, Chief Operating Officer, ISET-Nepal

Dipak Gyawali, Nepal Water Conservation Foundation

Madhukar Upadhaya, Senior Research Associate

Anil Pokhrel, Research Associate

Sarah Opitz-Stapleton, Senior Research Scientist

Sonam Bennett-Vasseux, Grants Manager

This project was funded by and in partnership with:


International Development Research Centre (IDRC)