Building Community Resilience and Ecosystem Based Adaptation to Climate Change in the Indian Himalayan Region (CwU)

Project Title: Coping with Uncertainties: Building Community Resilience and Ecosystem Based Adaptation to Climate Change in the Indian Himalayan Region (CwU)

Location: India (Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Sikkim)

Duration:  Three Years (July 2016 - June 2019)

A group of women Agroforestry in Himachal Pradesh Photo: IUCN / India

Project Background: The impacts of climate change strongly affect the fragile Himalayan ecosystems. The communities living in the region face great challenges for survival, and hence, it is imperative to ensure climate resilient development of the region. Under the umbrella of the National Mission on Himalayan Studies (NHMS), the CwU project is being implemented by IUCN to address critical impacts of climate change on water, energy, livelihoods, and biodiversity, as well as to build climate resilient strategies for reducing communities and ecosystem vulnerabilities in the Indian Himalayan region (IHR) through the landscape approach.

Uncertainties in the availability of water, energy, fuel and fodder due to changing climate is being addressed through introduction of climate resilient interventions in selected demonstration plots in the three Himalayan States. The interventions include revival of natural springs, alternate energy deployment, livelihood creation, and forest restoration.

Awareness Programm Community development plan Photo: © IUCN / India

Project Objective: To improve adaptive capacity of community and local governance by enhancing resilience of community and ecosystems through biodiversity conservation, watershed restoration, energy security and livelihood improvements in the Indian Himalayas.

The sub-objectives are:

  1. Documentation of nature based solutions for climate change adaptation and planning
  2. Enhancement of community based adaptation
  3. Mainstreaming of community based adaptation strategies in policy framework

Expected Outputs: The different activities in CwU project in three selected IHR States can be broadly visualised towards delivering following outputs: 

  1. Review of Climate Change Action Plans of the three pilot States.
  2. Development of community based village development plans.
  3. Establishment of community nurseries run by women for fodder tree species in each project site.
  4. Revival and recharge of one spring in each pilot site.
  5. Demonstration of improved livelihoods by diversification or local value addition (one pilot study in each site).
  6. Improvement of local water mills through better water management practices in each pilot area.
  7. Promotion of sustainable energy through: Biogas (3), Roof Top Solar Energy (3), Micro-hydro energy (3) and use of LED bulbs in pilot villages.
  8. Demonstration model of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).
  9. REDD+ on potential sustainable financing systems including payment for ecosystem services related mechanisms

sikkim Beautiful view of Sikkim Photo: © IUCN / Vipul Sharma


Donor: National Mission on Himalayan Studies (NMHS), Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India.

G.B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment and Sustainable Development is the Nodal Institute for NMHS.


Dr. J.S. Rawat
IUCN India Country Office 
Address: H-4, Green Park Extension 
New Delhi - 110016, India 
Tel: +91 11 26167742, 26185554

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