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Local responses to too much and too little water in the greater Himalayan region

Source(s):  International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)

This report presents five case studies carried out to document adaptation strategies at local or community level to constraints and hazards related to water and induced by climate change in the Himalayan region. It highlights people’s efforts to respond, cope, and adapt to the current rapid changes, focusing in particular on the impact of climate-induced changes on water availability, which overlays other drivers of change.

This report synthesises the main findings from five studies of local responses to climate-related water stress and floods. The case studies were carried out between June 2008 and September 2009 as part of the two projects ‘Too much water, too little water – adaptation strategies to climate-induced water stress and hazards in the greater Himalayan region’, funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), and ‘Himalayan climate change impact and adaptation assessment’ (HICIA), funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The five case studies were carried out in: i) Yunnan province, China, by the Kunming Institute of Botany (KIB) in collaboration with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF); ii) Assam state, India, by Aaranyak; iii) Bihar state, India, by Winrock International, India (WII); iv) the Koshi basin, Nepal, by the Institute for Social and Environmental Transition – Nepal (ISET-N); and v) Chitral District, Pakistan, by the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP).



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  • Local responses to too much and too little water in the greater Himalayan region
  • Publication date 2009
  • Number of pages 66 p.
  • ISBN/ISSN 9789291151295

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