Ecosystems Protecting Infrastructure and Communities (EPIC)

Water flow management and live fencing for reducing erosion

Project title: Ecosystems Protecting Infrastructure and Communities (EPIC) Nepal

Location: Kaski, Parbat and Syangja Districts, Western Development Region, Nepal

Duration: 2012 – 2017

Project background: EPIC is a global project involving six countries (Nepal, Peru, Thailand, Senegal, China and Burkina Faso). The project aims to demonstrate the multiple benefits and effectiveness of environmental management as a potentially important Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) strategy in vulnerable communities. Research conducted by leading bio-engineering experts will be combined with on-the-ground activities (that have been designed based ogood DRR and livelihood security.practices) in selected vulnerable communities. The EPIC Nepal case study will provide directly applicable research findings and learnings on landslide stabilisation measures for the Ecosystem-based Adaptation Mountain project.

Objectives of the project: The main objective of the project is to catalyse and promote the good management of ecosystems – and harness multiple ecosystem services – to protect vulnerable communities against risks associated with climate change and natural hazards.

Expected outputs:

  • Proven, demonstrable activities in vulnerable communities that contribute towards DRR and increased resilience through improved environmental management of certain ecosystems, or components thereof. Special effort will be made to provide quantitative information on DRR results and economic value of ecosystem measures, to respond to the current lack of measurable information
  • Local and national stakeholders in pilot countries are aware of the multiple benefits and potential of natural buffers, and risks and consequences of damaged environments
  • Capacity of selected national authorities built/strengthened in relation to the combination of DRR and ecosystem management, allowing for the integration of this approach to DRR into relevant policies and plans
  • Lessons learned and documented from an array of approaches and practices of what worked well – and what may not have been as effective as anticipated – in a range of situations and countries. Lessons learned will also be made available to community groups in the pilot areas
  • Replication of similar techniques being considered in national and regional DRR and climate adaptation strategies
  • Enhanced dialogue and interdisciplinary approach in eco-engineering
  • An on-line clearinghouse of good practices relating to eco-engineering, environmental management and DRR in relation to climate adaptation

Donor: Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), Government of Germany

Partner: University of Lausanne, Centre for Research on Terrestrial Environment (CRET-UNIL)

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