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YONSED in support of Multi-Stakeholder Forestry Program has been conducting a study on the topic “Assessment of Local Adaptation Measures in Response to Climate Change”. The study will be carried out in three different districts (Rasuwa, Kaski, and Kapilvastu) that represent the three eminent geographical ranges (Himal, Pahad, Terai) of the country.

There are diverse cases at community level where people are practicing adaptation in response to climate change in their own way in Nepal. But the local initiatives and skill to adopt the climate change are not well recognized from the ground level. Hence except few coping strategies, the strategies and practices are not well effective covering wider community participation. Now it has been essential to identify the local knowledge and skill as the practical experiences in responding to adaptation at local level may alerts policy makers to reviews local plans and policies. Besides, there is a need of comparative study in regard to the scenario of climate change at local level considering the geographical range (Himal, Pahad, and Terai) of the country to identify the diverse cases of climate change adaptation practices and gaps at implementation level.

This study signifies documentation of local practices and adaptive strategies at households and community level, as well as lesson learned from community. This will be evaluated with local plans and policies to find out the gap of climate change at ground level and at policy level. The study intends to collect evidences under three different districts (Rasuwa, Kaski, and Kapilvastu) that represent the three eminent geographical ranges (Himal, Pahad, Terai) of the country. The working area of this study includes Kapilvastu district (Terai), an Ex LFP district, Kaski district (Pahad) from LIBIRD or Practical Action district, and Rasuwa district (Himal). Hence the study might be comparative, will brings real ground scenario and roles of implementing stakeholders at local level, the result might have wider implication in future in adaptation planning and environmental decision making. Moreover, the studies will identifies the best adaptation practices at local level and that can be replicated to other area too ranging from Himal, Pahad, and Terai. Similarly, the study will help in analyzing the climate change scenario at local level and their perception in regard to climate change and the adaptation strategies. Also, the lesson learned will significantly helps to reduce climate change impacts and reduce risk to more vulnerable people.


Objective of the study
· To identify good practiced adaptation measures at local level, analyze how these practices are contributing making local communities resilient to climate change and suggest ways of up-scaling of these practices.
· To document lesson learned from the existing practices of adaptation, and do also document the process of adaptation actions, and challenges in implementation of adaptation measure at local level.
· To review key policy documents (both national and international) related to climate change adaptation, literature about existing knowledge and practices on climate change adaptation.
· To document the climate change adaptation actors, their role and activities in relation to climate change adaptation
· To document process, gaps, and challenges embedded with climate change adaptation actions at local level based on the review and case studies.