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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Climate Variability and Change in the Himalayas

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) has published a new study that investigates the effects of climate and socioeconomic change on the livelihoods of mountain people in the Hindu-Kush Himalayan (HKH) region, causes of vulnerability, and the ways people cope with and adapt to change, with the overall aim of contributing to enhancing the resilience of vulnerable mountain communities. ICIMOD conducted a community-based vulnerability and adaptive capacity assessment in four areas: Uttarakhand in northwestern India; Nepal, Eastern Bhutan, and North East India, to identify peoples perceptions of climate variability and change; to identify underlying causes of vulnerability of mountain communities; to assess existing coping and adaptation mechanisms and their sustainability in view of predicted future climate change; and to formulate recommendations on how to improve individual and collective assets. The findings demonstrate that climate and socioeconomic change are already affecting the livelihoods of mountain communities, and that the communities have developed a repertoire of response strategies to these changes.

The report can be downloaded at
http://www.icimod.org/publications/index.php/search/publication/782

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