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Climate-proofing growth and development in Nepal

The problem

Nepal is one of the most vulnerable countries to the impacts of climate change with its remoteness, undulating terrain, fragile landforms, extremely diverse landscape and unevenly distributed resources.

The Nepalese government requires more than 80% of climate change adaptation resources to be channeled to local level so that vulnerable poor communities are able to build their capacity to adapt to the impact of climate change.

What we’re doing to help

Objective: To strengthen skills and systems for integrated, participatory planning and budgeting of climate change at national and sub-national levels.

Climate-proofing growth and development in Nepal

Location: Nepal
Project date: January 2015 – March 2019
Partners: Oxford Policy Management (OPM), Ministry of Population and Environment (MoPE), Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA), Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), Nepal Climate Change Knowledge Management Center (NCCKMC) at the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST); Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development
Principal funder: DFID
 

This regional programme which aims to transform systems of planning and delivery for adaptation to climate change. It is also attracting further climate change investment from the public and private sector. The programme is working with governments in Afghanistan, India, Nepal and Pakistan, and in six states in India.  Practical Action are the implementing partner for this project in Nepal.

Activities include linking planning and budgetary frameworks on climate change, developing decision-making support tools, and creating strong systems for transparency, accountability and feedback. In addition the programme is providing technical support to design and deliver targeted climate resilience measures, such as early such as early-warning systems for natural disasters, climate-smart agriculture practices, and urban flood planning.aims to improve people’s resilience by directly incorporating climate change considerations into policy, planning and investment environments.

The major activities of the project are:

  1. Knowledge management: a study on understanding the demand for, and supply of, climate change knowledge management, in collaboration with Nepal Climate Change Knowledge Management Center (NCCKMC) at the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST). The proposed initiative seeks to strengthen the mechanism through which climate change knowledge is incorporated into policy development and implementation at both national and local level.
  2. National Adaption Plan (NAP) formulation process in collaboration with Ministry of Population and Environment (MoPE) and other ten thematic ministries. Nepal has developed a) Nepal NAP Approach Paper, b) Synthesis Report of Stocktaking Report for NAP process, c) Vulnerability and Risk Assessment Framework and Indicators for NAP Formulation Process in Nepal, and d) Observed Climate Trend Analysis of Nepal (1971-2014) under this initiative.
  3. National Climate Change Impact Survey (NCCIS) 2016 in collaboration with Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). The ground breaking NCCIS report is produced aiming to fill the existing data gap at the national level and to contribute on national policy uptake process. The survey report is launched at the national level on June 2017. It has been further disseminated at the sub-national level.
  4. Promoting Climate Resilient Tourism through Private Sector Engagement in Nepal in collaboration with Ministry of Culture, tourism, and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA). The initiative aims to provide technical support to MoCTCA to build capacity of government and private sector stakeholders to identify and assess the impact of climate change and implement adaptation interventions. The Economic Impact Assessment (EIA) is underway to assess the economic impact of climate change on the tourism sector in Nepal as the part of this collaboration.
  5. Climate Proofing Urban Development in Nepal: Supporting the development and incorporation of a decision support system for resilient urban planning in Nepal This initiative aims to ensure climate resilience urban development in Nepal through supporting the government of Nepal in development of a decision support system for climate resilient urban planning.
  6. Collaborating with the government of Nepal to enhance the capacity to assess climate finance and mainstream climate change in sectoral policies and plans.

More than 400 mm of rainfall in 24 hours resulted in extensive flooding in the south of Nepal on 12 August 2017.

Almost the entire terai plain flooded, affecting all the districts below the Churia range of mountains. Landslides were triggered in some districts.

Practical Action's early warning systems were put swiftly into action to protect lives and livelihoods.

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Climate change

Practical Action puts poor communities at the centre of the climate change agenda

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Action on Climate Today Learning paper

Perceptions of Climate Change: Applying assessments to policy and practice

by Thomas Tanner, Sunil Acharya and Aditya Bahadur

 

Government of Nepal National Adaptation Plan

Formulation process documents

1. Study on understanding the demand for, and supply of, climate change knowledge management 
2. Nepal NAP Approach Paper 
3. Synthesis Report of Stocktaking Report for NAP process
4. Vulnerability and Risk Assessment Framework and Indicators for NAP Formulation Process in Nepal 
5. Observed Climate Trend Analysis of Nepal (1971-2014)

National Climate Change Impact Survey (NCCIS) 2016

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