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. The main objective of the study is to assist vulnerable communities of Nepal in adapting to climate change through identification and implementation that reduce risks and support adaptation to disasters.

Based on the objective of this project, ISET-Nepal is piloting straw-bale housing in Kapilbastu District. The house technology is a low-cost, energy-efficient and earthquake-resilience system which serves as alternative to the increasingly favoured cement construction. An agreement has been made with the Manakamana Self-Reliance Cooperative of Shivagadi that ISET-Nepal will provide technical, management and financial support on using straw-bale as an alternative to brick wall to the cooperative building. Local users of Kapilbastu are optimist about the possibilities for its replication and up scaling in other parts of Nepal.  When completed, it will be the first functioning straw-bale building in the country. The study was supported by American Red Cross.               


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