Reducing vulnerability

Practical Action works to strengthen the ability of poor people to use technology to cope with threats from natural disasters, environmental degradation and civil conflict, by:

  • Strengthening the ways that people, who live in fragile environment, cope with the environmental degradation that threatens their livelihood
  • Improving vulnerable communities' ability to prepare for, survive and rebuild homes and livelihoods after natural disaster
  • Preventing and managing conflicts over scarce natural resources and competition for common property resources;
  • Rebuilding the livelihoods of people affected by civil war or conflict.

To this end, our current project work in Nepal on strengthening resilience is centred around two key programme areas:

Strengthening resilience

Flash floods can bring landslides like this which cause devastation in the hills of Nepal Nepal is highly vulnerable to natural disaster. There is a high risk of floods in the plain and landslide in the hills. The frequency of such disaster is increasing year by year. Low awareness level in terms of disaster preparedness and management, lack of efficient mechanisms and capacity to deal with these natural disasters has had severe impacts on the lives of the people, property and economy at large. Climate change has also added to the challenges, especially for the poor in rural areas.

Practical Action therefore works to reduce the impacts by helping people meet their household food needs through home based agriculture, cash crop production and non-farm alternative livelihood strategies.

It has also helped reduce loss of lives and assets - from landslide, floods and other forms of natural disaster - through the use of early warning systems, improved physical infrastructure and local preparedness planning, among other initiatives.

As guided by its country strategy, Practical Action Nepal works to strengthen the capabilities of poor women and men living in disaster prone areas and thus help to prepare them for survive and rebuild their homes and livelihoods in the face of recurrent disasters.


Publications - reducing vulnerability in Nepal
Practical Action Nepal's reducing vulnerability program have produced a range of publications on disaster risk reduction, climate change and food security. More ...

Objectives: 2007-2012

The Reducing Vulnerability programme in Nepal aims to improve the food security and reduce the risks of poor women and men due to disasters and adverse impacts of climate change by fulfilling following objectives during organisation's strategy period 2007-2012:

  1. 66,000 people from marginalised and disadvantaged communities from 8 districts of Nepal secure their food needs with increased crop production and incomes through improved natural resources management, skills enhancement and access to technologies and resources.

    This objective aims to meet the international Aim objective: "Poor people living in fragile rural environment achieve equitable access to technologies, skills, and natural resources that contribute to food security and sustainable livelihoods."
  2. 97,000 poor people living in Plains and Hills from 7 districts of Nepal are better able to cope with risks due to floods, landslides and drought including the impacts of climate change.

    This Objective aims to fulfil the objective of international Aim objective, "Poor people living in fragile rural environments are better able to cope with risks due to natural and man-made hazards including the impact of climate change, through improved access to technologies and decision-making processes on disaster risk management."

List of Practical Action reducing vulnerability projects in Nepal | International reducing vulnerabilty programme (Aim 1)

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