• Living on the Line: Case Studies on the Lived Experiences of Urban Communities in Nepal Facing a Threat to Unpreventable and Unpredictable Earthquake

    Posted on: 2017-12-18

    This case study is being undertaken with support from Oxfam-Nepal. The project aims to produce evidence-based documentation of lived experiences of urban and peri-urban communities of Gorkha District, their learning and response, click on the tittle for the detail.

  • Mapping of climate finance governance in Nepal

    Posted on: 2017-12-18

    ISET-Nepal is undertaking this study with funding from Transparency International Nepal (TIN). This project falls under climate finance integrity program supported to TIN by the German Federal Ministry for Environment. Click on the tittle for detail. 

  • Political Economy Analysis of Hydrological Interventions in Koshi Basin

    Posted on: 2017-07-14

    This project is being undertaken by ISET- Nepal with partnership The Asia Foundation (TAF). Project will reveals interplay of diverse interest, claims and constituencies that shape the politics around development, utilization and management of resource in Koshi Basin. For further detail click on tittle.

  • People led solutions for better accountability practices (PELSAP)

    Posted on: 2017-07-14

    This project aims to give voice to the disaster prone vulnerable communities while ensuring duty bearers are promoting and practicing good governance in the areas of disaster preparedness and risk reduction management by forming Citizen’s Alliance. Establishing rule of law through legitimate institutions in Nepal can result in the establishment of transparency and accountability in all levels of governance. For Further detail click on tittle.

  • Recovering to Resilience

    Posted on: 2017-05-19

    Jointly undertaken by ISET-Nepal and ISET-International, the project caters to responds to both the immediate needs of Nepalese communities following the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake. It is also expected to respond to the growing global attention to resilience concepts and practice. This project undertakes three core activities: engagement with Global Resilience Partnership (GRP), carryout resilience building project in one Melamchi Municipality and multiple engagements for local and global scaling. For the further information click on tittle.

  • Hydro Aid: Effective Support for Energy and Development

    Posted on: 2017-05-19

    Due to the increasing concerns about climate change, dams are currently experiencing a renaissance, and are being framed as one of the most climate-friendly low-carbon solutions to produce clean energy. The Norwegian Government is directing a major part of aid funds towards activities under the rubric of energy, climate and environment. This project explores effectiveness of hydropower aid in Tanzania and Nepal. For further information click on the tittle.

  • The Adaptation Finance Accountability Initiative (AFAI)

    Posted on: 2015-06-26

    The project  “Tracking adaptation finance; analyzing existing governance system and institutional capacity and developing policy recommendations to strengthen transparency, accessibility, accountability and better governance of adaptation finance in Nepal” was a joint work between ISET-Nepal, Oxfam GB and CEN. ISET-Nepal took lead in the research.

  • Post Event Review of Nepal Flood Disaster 2014

    Posted on: 2015-03-20

    ISET-International, ISET-Nepal and Practical Action collaborated to develop and refine an approach to post-event analysis which can be applied more broadly and will support a systematic understanding of how to build resilience and develop mechanisms to avoid loses in the future, particularly at the scale of communities, urban areas, or rural regions.

  • Mainstreaming Climate Change Risk Management in Development (ADB TA-7984 NEP: Study of Indigenous Practices for Climate Change Adaptation in Nepal)

    Posted on: 2013-08-01

    This project studied the prevailing indigenous and traditional climate change adaptation practices in different parts of Nepal to contribute knowledge and shared with planners and policy makers. The study aimed to identify and analyze climate change issues and adaptation priorities from local and grassroots communities’ – especially those of women and indigenous people – perspectives by capturing their national and sub-national programs and policies to strengthen climate resilience and adaptive capacity of Nepalese society and institutions.

  • Strengthening Transparency and Access to Information on Transboundary Water Governance in South Asia

    Posted on: 2013-08-01

    The project maped the availability and accessibility of data and information related to selected transboundary rivers through in-country assessments in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal. The aim of the project was to test the efficacy of the right to information (RTI) as a tool to gather data and information on transboundary rivers in Bangladesh, India and Nepal. Similarly, it aimed to build the capacity of civil society actors and the media in the region to use RTI to access data and information on transboundary rivers.


  • Strengthening People’s Perspective on Water Commons in South Asia

    Posted on: 2013-07-01

    The objective of this study is to generate qualitative evidences on the impact on riparian communities - on poverty reduction, livelihoods, access to benefits, floods, displacements etc by the installation projects such as hydropower, irrigation, embankment and dams etc. Investigation of water governance and role of local communities is being done. The study aims to identify specific campaign and advocacy issues at basin level and assess policies that guide Koshi, Gandak and Mahakali river basins.


  • Integrating Urban and Peri–Urban Agriculture and Forestry in City Climate Change Strategies

    Posted on: 2013-04-01

    The study monitored the impact of the Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture and Forestry (UPAF) pilot project in Kathmandu on climate change mitigation, adaptation and co- benefits. The study collected data on the co-benefits of the roof top farming like ambient temperatures, reducing storm water runoff and enhancing infiltration, reducing energy use by lowering food miles, replacing fertilizers by composted organic wastes and lowering vulnerability of urban poor. It also provided feedbacks on local adaptation of the monitoring and scenario development guidelines and tools developed by RUAF Foundation.

  • Provision of an Authoritative Overviews Assessment of the Occurrence and Status of Groundwater Resources in the Indo-Gangetic Basin (IGB)

    Posted on: 2013-02-01

    The study conducted an overview assessment of the occurrence and status of groundwater resources in the Indo-Gangetic Basin and strengthened the evidence base linking groundwater, climate population and abstraction by collating and systemizing existing data for policy and national planning and future research programmes. ISET-Nepal framed the typologies and approaches to develop scientific overview of the occurrence and status of groundwater resources in Nepal and their overall contribution to groundwater resources in the Indo-Gangetic Basin. Similarly, case study examining groundwater (spring) availability, use and storage in the Himalayan mountains has been prepared. The study was undertaken in two VDCs along transect in Nepal’s western region: Madanpokhara VDC of Palpa District and Ramche VDC of Myagdi District.

  • Assessing Vulnerability and Impacts due to Climate Change and Preparing Adaptive Strategies for Panchase Area in Nepal

    Posted on: 2013-01-01

    The Ecosystem based Adaptation Nepal (EbA-N) is being implemented in Panchase area, belonging to Kaski, Parbat and Syangja districts to assess vulnerability due to climate change particularly focusing on adverse impacts on water resources, agriculture and biodiversity.

  • Tracking Adaptation & Measuring Development

    Posted on: 2012-10-01

    This research focuses on gathering evidence on main climate risks and priorities for national climate change responses (CC Policy documents, Implementation plan, NAPA etc). 

  • Strengthening the Nepal Food Security Monitoring System (NeKSAP) for Informed Climate Change Planning and Policies

    Posted on: 2011-11-01

    ISET-Nepal, ISET-International with World Food Programme (WFP) is carrying out a programme to integrate climate change indicators within Nepal Food Security Monitoring System (NeKSAP) 

  • Assessment of Vulnerability on Urban and Peri-Urban Food System in Kathmandu

    Posted on: 2011-05-01

    Urban and peri-urban agriculture provides a complimentary strategy to reduce the urban poverty and food security and enhance environmental management.

  • The Economics of Adaptation to Climate Change in a Complex World

    Posted on: 2010-02-01

    ISET-Nepal in collaboration with ISET-International conducted a study to consolidate methodologies and generate evidence on the cost and benefit of adaptation focusing on disaster risk reduction (DRR) as a major strategy for addressing the impacts of urbanisation and climate change on vulnerable population of Nepal.

  • Economics of Adaptation in Water Sector

    Posted on: 2011-01-01

    The objective of this research was to apply stakeholder-focused economic analyses to selected water adaptation settings of developing countries.This research was carried out in the Rupa Lake Watershed, Pokhara, Nepal.

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

    Posted on: 2010-04-01

    ISET-Nepal and ISET-International, with support from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), are carrying out academic research in six village development committees in the western region of Nepal: Kagbeni VDC, Mustang District; Ramche VDC, Myagdi District; Rupakot VDC and Rupa lake watershed in Kaski District; Madanpokhara VDC, Palpa District; Hansapur VDC, Arghakhanchi District; and Dubiya VDC, Kapilbastu District.  The research area spans all of Nepal’s physiographical regions-the Trans-Himalayan, the high mountains, the mid-hills and valleys, the Siwaliks, and the Tarai.

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Living on the Line: Case Studies on the Lived Experiences of Urban Communities in Nepal Facing a Threat to Unpreventable and Unpredictable Earthquake

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