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Himalayan Adaptation, Water, and Resilience

This research project will serve to help poor and vulnerable women, men, and children learn to adapt to and manage climate change in Asia's Hindu Kush Himalayan region.

Why the Himalayan region is important
The region, stretching from central Afghanistan to northern Pakistan, is one of the world's most dynamic, diverse, and complex mountain and floodplain systems. It provides water resources and other ecosystem services to more than 210 million people in the mountains and 1.3 billion people living downstream.

How this research will support adaptation
Socio-economic changes, combined with climate change impacts, may significantly affect the livelihoods of everyone in the region. To help the people of Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, and Nepal adapt, this project will develop robust evidence to inform climate change adaptation policies and practices.

Researchers will focus on the Indus, Ganges, and Brahmaputra river basins. They will compare research and pilot results analyzing adaptation interventions at a variety of sites. The research sites will represent a range of climatic and hydrological conditions and socio-economic contexts. Stakeholders will be actively involved in the process.

Expected research results
A research consortium with a reputation for excellence will lead the project, which is expected to:
-generate scientific knowledge on climate change impacts, vulnerability drivers, and adaptation policies and practices;
-promote decision-makers' use of knowledge and adaptation practices at various scales to reduce vulnerabilities and build livelihood resilience; and
-strengthen interdisciplinary expertise in climate change adaptation and resilience research.

These outcomes will allow governments to improve their adaptation policies and practices. They will also help ensure that funds can be mobilized for sustainable adaptation strategies.

Project ID
107641
Project Status
Completed
End Date
Duration
55 months
IDRC Officer
Kallur Murali
Total Funding
CA$ 13,500,000.00
Location
Bangladesh
India
Nepal
Pakistan
Programs
Climate Change
Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia
Institution Country
Nepal
Project Leader
Anjal Prakash
Institution
International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development/Centre international de mise en valeur intégrée des montagnes
Institution Country
Pakistan
Project Leader
Bashir Ahmad
Institution
Pakistan Agricultural Research Council
Institution Country
Netherlands
Project Leader
Dr. Hester Biemans
Institution
Stichting Wageningen Research
Institution Country
Bangladesh
Project Leader
Mr. Md. Abu Syed
Institution
Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies
Institution Country
India
Project Leader
Mrs. Suruchi Bhadwal
Institution
The Energy and Resources Institute

Outputs

Article

Selecting representative climate models for climate change impact studies : an advanced envelope based selection approach

Article

South Asian river basins in a 1.5 °C warmer world

Paper

Migration and the 2015 Ghorkha earthquake in Nepal - effect on rescue and relief processes and lessons for the future

Report

HI-AWARE consortium final technical report 2018