Climate Change Adaptation
WWF Nepal has been working on climate change adaptation since 2007. The pilot project on Climate Change Adaptation started in 2009 funded by DFID/UK AID and WWF UK.
The project was initiated based on rapid field assessments; hazard mapping analysis and vulnerability assessments in the buffer zones of Langtang National Park in the Sacred Himalayan Landscape. Based on different the different field assessments, the pilot project produced four local adaptation plans of actions in LNPBZ. The local adaptation plans identified five major issues as water, agriculture, energy natural resources and natural climatic disaster pertaining to the impacts of climate change and creates insecurity in terms of water, food and energy. The pilot project focused to address the issues of water, food and energy security while also looking into ecosystem resilience through appropriate ground level solutions. The activities designed and implemented also helped build the capacity of the local communities of LNPBZ to adapt to the impact of climate change.
Climate Change Adaptation process is not an isolated project and the process has to be mainstreamed in development planning. The WWF Nepal has organized a workshop and started to work towards climate smart conservation planning. The objective of the workshop was to make planner and senior program officers aware on potential impacts of climate change in their specific works.
WWF Nepal is diversifying the partnership of work, going beyond the realm of environment and forestry, and working with other development agencies to work on climate change adaptation. The diversification of the partnership will produce a consolidated effort to reduce the adverse impact of climate change. The Hariyo Ban Program of WWF Nepal is an example how we are working on partnership.
Climate Change Adaptation is a continuous process and the importance of learning is immense. The process followed on the CCA pilot, the problems occurred during the implementation and the success from the piloting in Langtang was used to replicate the CCA project in Terai Arc Landscape (TAL). The learning and sharing process is important on scaling up and scaling out process of climate change adaptation.