Scaling Up Mountain Ecosystem-based Adaptation

A village and terraced farmland in Nepal

Location: Panchase Area (Kaski, Parbat and Syangja Districts) and Chilime sub-watershed (Rasuwa District), Nepal

Duration: 2018 – 2020

Project background: Healthy mountain ecosystems help buffer the impacts of climate change for local communities, wildlife and downstream populations worldwide. Locally, mountain people rely on their surrounding environment for water, food, pasture and the raw materials upon which they build their livelihoods. Further downstream, towns and cities depend on mountain water for drinking, agriculture and industry.

The Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) approach is widely recognised as an important strategy for adapting to the impacts of climate change. It is cost-effective, yields multiple benefits, and can be implemented by communities themselves. But in mountain areas, on-the-ground EbA measures have not been widely implemented. To help build support for EbA approaches in mountains, both on the ground and in national and international policy, The Mountain Institute (TMI) and IUCN have joined forces to launch a three-year program working on EbA in key mountain regions. 

This project is designed to consolidate and replicate effective and sustainable EbA measures in Mountain Flagship sites and countries, and enable their expansion to other mountain regions in East Africa, South Asia, South America, and globally. The project will directly and indirectly contribute to ecosystem resilience, sustained ecosystem services, reduced disaster risks, and diversified and sustainable livelihoods — all underpinning climate change adaptation.

Objectives of the project: This project is envisioned to help build support for EbA approaches in mountains, both on the ground and in national and international policy. This project will continue to build on Ecosystem-based Adaptation efforts underway in the Panchase area of western Nepal, and will begin new initiatives in the Chilime sub-watershed of Rasuwa district.

Expected outputs:

  • Ensuring Flagship and new projects will yield long-term evidence and lessons
  • Extraction and sharing of knowledge and evidence
  • Building  local capacity to replicate successful approaches
  • Informing local, national, and international adaptation plans and policies

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

Partners:  Ministry of Forests and Environment (MoFE), Government of Nepal and The Mountain Institute (TMI)

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