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.