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

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 documents specific impacts on food and agriculture system, forestry, water and livelihood systems as a consequence of changes in weather patterns. It evaluates systemic interactions among regional climate, food and agriculture system, forestry, water management, and livelihoods and in the process identifies the particular interactions that make some groups more vulnerable than the others. The study investigates critical challenges, particularly the roles and inter linkages between forest, agriculture and water management strategies play in both adapting to and mitigating the impacts of climate change particularly in the Nepal Himalaya.