Giving a Voice to the ‘Missing’ Women in India’s Climate Plans

Jan 11th, 2015 | By

Women have the power to put India on the course to a green sustainable future:specifically, poor rural women working in the agriculture sector. India’s economy is predominately agrarian and increasingly female dominated.  80% of all economically-active women are employed by the agricultural sector. As men are migrating to urban areas for employment opportunities, partly as

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Climate Change Mitigation: a Man’s World?

Dec 21st, 2014 | By

In three remote southern villages of Tanzania, six local women who were trained at the Barefoot College in India to install and maintain solar energy panels brought light and power to at least 200 households within a few months of returning home. Thanks to their new skills, the women also increased their voice and independence,

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India Says Carbon Emissions Will Grow as it Drives to Beat Poverty

Dec 7th, 2014 | By

The world must accept that India’s per capita carbon emissions will need to rise rapidly if it is to eliminate poverty, the environment minister said on Friday, as delegates meet in Lima for key UN climate change talks. India, the world’s third largest carbon emitter, is under growing pressure to set out a strategy to

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High up in the Himalayas, Villagers Live Under the Shadow of An Unpredictable Lake

Nov 10th, 2014 | By

As glacial lakes around the world grow bigger and deeper, high altitude communities are increasingly at risk from catastrophic flooding Chorabjor stared at me with gimlet eyes. Why had I come?, he asked through a translator. To learn about Lake Shako Cho, I replied. He signaled me to move closer. I sat down at his

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What Climate Change Means for Indigenous People

Sep 28th, 2014 | By

When I was born in an Indigenous Limbu village of Eastern Nepal, no one had heard of climate change. Our communities struggled to make their living from land amidst armed conflict, feudal hierarchies, strangling debt and disasters that were slowly increasing. It was impossible, then, for anyone in the village to imagine that I might

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Climate Change Worsens Gender Inequality in the Himalayas

Sep 25th, 2014 | By

In the Himalayas, when a flash flood rips through a village or when a glacial lake flood outburst wipes one out entirely, surviving families relocate to new settlements, where women are often burdened with more labor and kept away from school, or sent off to an early marriage. Climate impacts have made gender and ethnic

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Govt Taking Multi-sectoral Approach to Tackle NCDs

Sep 3rd, 2014 | By

The Himalayan Times: The government says it has taken multi-sectoral approach to fight non-communicable diseases.NCDs are responsible for 42 per cent of death annually in the country and cause 63 per cent of deaths globally — nearly 80 per cent occur in low and middle income countries, according to the World Health Organisation.According to government’s Multi-Sectoral

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Why Effective Climate Policy Needs Women – and Vice Versa

Aug 5th, 2014 | By
Peacekeeping - UNMIT

Integrating a gender approach in the new climate agreement will be vital to provide the legal base for promoting gender responsive climate action both at international and national level. That will be necessary for the improvement of effectiveness of climate policies and its implementation, as both women and men can make considerable contributions to adaptation

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Climate Affected Himalayan Women Look for Income Guarantees

Dec 4th, 2013 | By

Kashmir Times: What keeps women like Meena Bora, Rita Bora and Khasti Devi in Almora district of Uttarakhand up all night? Khasti from Silkhora village in Lamgara block, candidly reveals, “I get up at 4 am and then it’s non-stop work – there’s housework and children to be sent to school. Then my husband goes

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Climate Changes Increasing Workload on Women

Nov 30th, 2013 | By

Tribune: The impact of climate change is mostly discussed in terms of global warming, agriculture and health but on Thursday, a seminar organised by Shirkat Gah looked into how the women in Pakistan have been affected by the climatic change in Sindh’s coastal belt. “The lack of fresh water has severely affected the people, especially women,”

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Mainstreaming Climate Adaptation in Himalayan Region

Oct 8th, 2013 | By
IHCAP policy report

SDC/IHCAP: This report looks at the interventions that the Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation programme can make in the policy sphere to advance the cause of adaptations to climate change effects and sustainable development in the Himalayas. The principal findings of this preliminary report are two: There are policy prescriptions at the Government of India and State Government levels

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Erratic Weather Threatens Livelihoods In Pakistan

Oct 7th, 2013 | By
Pakistan flood and cc

SciDevNet: In recent years, climatic stresses, particularly droughts and floods, have devastated yields and caused crops to fail for many farmers across Pakistan. Erratic rainfall — particularly in rain-fed areas like Taxila, 20 miles northwest of the capital, Islamabad — has further exacerbated farmers’ problems and led to a slump in yields. With four dry winters in

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Mountains And Climate Linked Disasters: Less Concerned Actors

Oct 1st, 2013 | By

Climate Himalaya: Disaster related early warning systems are available in South Asian countries like Nepal, and neighbouring countries like India should learn and adopt such technologies in their region. A side event at 4th Global Meeting of Mountain Partnership was organized by Climate Himalaya and Centre for Environment Education India at Erzurum, Turkey on 18th

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4th Global Meeting Reaffirms Mountain Agenda In New Strategy

Sep 18th, 2013 | By

In the fourth global meeting of ‘Mountain Partnership’ 17-20 September, at Erzurum in Turkey, over 100 members from around the globe endorsed a new improved sustainable mountain development strategy for 2014-2017. During 1992, at Rio Earth most of the world’s nations at the UN Conference on Environment and Development signed a plan for action, ‘Agenda

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Environmentalists Observe Himalaya Day

Sep 12th, 2013 | By

Hindu: A group of environmentalists and civil society activists observed Himalaya Day and demanded a comprehensive policy to protect the world’s longest and tallest range and its ecosystems on Thursday. Observing the Himalaya Day for the first time, members from about 22 organisations released a Himalayan people’s manifesto, urging the government to formulate a focused

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Bhutan Looks To Become World’s First 100% Organic Country

Sep 11th, 2013 | By
Lotto Zam, a Bhutanese woman farmer, sells tomatoes and other produce at a market in Shaba, Bhutan.

Bhutan is renowned for espousing Gross National Happiness but now the isolated Himalayan nation is also looking to become known as a world leader in organic farming.  “We are nearly all Buddhists. Being kind to the environment and the planet has a central meaning for us,” says Kesang Tshomo, co-ordinator of the Ministry of Agriculture’s

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Pashmina Withers On The Roof Of The World

Sep 9th, 2013 | By
Pashmina in Kashmir

IPS: The famed pashmina shawl that keeps the cold away – in style and at a price – could itself have become the victim of winter. Thousands of goats whose fine wool is weaved into pashmina have perished in extreme cold being associated with climate change. Pashmina is drawn from Changra goats found in Ladakh

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The Heat Wave, The Arctic Melt And Climate Change

Sep 9th, 2013 | By
Australian Heat wave

Antonio M. Claparols (Philippines): I could not wait to write this when the news appeared in the July 24,2013 issue of The Financial Times that the airline company, Easy Jet, may be the next victim to global warming and climate change due to the extreme heat wave affecting Europe, the Middle East and the United

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Kedarnath Disaster: Facts And Plausible Causes

Jul 30th, 2013 | By
Chorabari disaster

Current Science: Recent climate changes have had significant impact on high-mountain glacial environment. Rapid melting of snow/ice and heavy rainfall has resulted in the formation and expansion of moraine-dammed lakes, creating a potential danger from dammed lake outburst floods1. On 16 and 17 June 2013, heavy rains together with moraine dammed lake (Chorabari Lake) burst

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Cultural And Social Exchange In Indian Mountains : SMD-III At Kohima, India

Jul 29th, 2013 | By

Sustainable Development Forum Nagaland (SDFN) – is a registered not-for-profit forum where the Naga civil society, academia, entrepreneurs, government and the media collectively discuss and work in facilitating the state towards a sustainable development pathway. The SDFN aims to facilitate dialogues, research and sustainable policy making in mind the state’s economy, environment and issues of

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Uttarakhand: Warning Bells On Deaf Ears

Jul 5th, 2013 | By
Kedarnath on 18th morning

HT: The Himalayas are sick and will die unless there is massive forestation and a moratorium of at least ten years on tree felling. And if they die, the country will surely die in a chain of natural disasters.” Hindustan Times, 1977 Although written over 35 years ago, the warning sounds eerily relevant. A deadly

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Climate Adaptation Planning ‘Could Have Prevented’ Uttarakhand Deaths

Jun 25th, 2013 | By
Kedarnath On 17th after flood

RTCC: India’s vulnerability to extreme weather was exposed this week when floods killed at least 600 people with thousands reported missing. The monsoon arrived early in the northern state of Uttarakhand, bringing with it 375% more rain than in previous years. The sheer weight of water that hit an area known as India’s ‘holy land’

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Pakistan’s Dangerous Negligence Of Climate Change

Jun 11th, 2013 | By
From Balochistan to Sindh, Fishermen complained about the depleting fish resources in coastal areas. Photo by Reuters

Dawn: Pakistan is no stranger to being plagued by multiple crises. News headlines are usually dominated by issues like terrorism, extremism and power shortage but an even more alarming danger could affect the future of Pakistan if it is not tackled on a priority basis. The dangerous threat we all know as climate change has

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Climate Change Calls For Localized Research, Technology, knowledge

Jun 11th, 2013 | By

eKantipur: Where are the Nepali farmers? I might sound like I am asking the stupidest question ever. After all, unlike in Canada where I am residing currently and where only two percent of  the 33 million Canadians live and work in farms, farmers are everywhere in Nepal—tens of millions of them. To be precise, according

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Climate Change And Human Rights: Nepal Taking The Lead

Jun 6th, 2013 | By

The Himalayan Times: Last week, on Friday, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in Nepal took a bold step in declaring that Climate Change has a direct bearing on Human Rights, and in moving forward the NHRC would work in Nepal within that context too. Nepal would not be the first country to accept this

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Nepal Urged To Take Measures To Address Climate Change

Jun 6th, 2013 | By

Chinadaily: Nepal should adopt specific measures to mitigate adverse effects of climate change and environmental degradation rather than organizing ornamental programs to mark the World Environment Day (WED), conservation experts said Tuesday. Experts also stressed on the need to revise the country’s existing environmental law to bring it at par with the contemporary provisions implemented

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Has Everest Been Good For Nepal’s Development?

May 30th, 2013 | By

Guardian: Dawa Steven Sherpa is the new face of Nepal. Born in Khumjung, a village just 12 miles from Everest, he is in his 20s, speaks five languages, has a business degree from a British university, and is the director of a highly successful trekking and guiding company based in Kathmandu. He has climbed Everest

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A Case Of Mediocre Mangoes

May 30th, 2013 | By

Dawn: Climate changes have continuously taken their toll on Pakistan over the last few years – whether it’s an increase in flooding or a change in weather patterns. As a result, mango lovers are still waiting for the arrival of this year’s full-fledged mango crop in the market, which has been delayed because of changes

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How Many Nepalis Know About Climate Change

May 21st, 2013 | By

Stephen Bailey: You need a bit of height to appreciate the size of a brick factory. You need to get close to appreciate the human cost. From a hill over Duwakot you can see people labouring in the grey mud beneath the towering chimney.  Down in the factory you can see the weather beaten faces,

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Bhutan-The Land Of Gross National Happiness

May 21st, 2013 | By
On the Druk Path Trek between Timphu and Paro in Bhutan

Buenos AH: The tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is the last surviving paradise on Earth. This legendary Shangri-La, now a member of the United Nations, is home to over 700,000 people. Until 1958, it was practically closed to visitors. When Nehru, the Indian Prime Minister, visited Bhutan during that year he rode in on a

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Finding Regional Perspective Of Climate Change Reporting

May 20th, 2013 | By

With climate science evolving but remaining uncertain, how can journalists accurately communicate about climate change in the media? And, how can they break through the national perspective of their media outlet to give the regional story of climate change? The 24 journalists selected from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka as the CDKN/Panos

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Climate Risk Vulnerability And Government Policy: Nepal

May 20th, 2013 | By

Searchlight SA: Climate change causes severe damage to the most socio-economically exposed communities. South Asia is home to almost 40% of the worlds poorest, and therefore faces a double conundrum. Countries in the region must not only support their populations from negotiating the swift socio-economic changes that have come to characterize their economies, but must

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The Himalayas-Once Moaning, Now Groaning

May 20th, 2013 | By
As South Asian and Chinese governments felt the heat of electricity shortage, the Himalayan potential for hydro-power was ‘reassessed’ at 500,000 MWe [Megawatt of installed electricity generation capacity].

Hill post: The Himalayas are being pounded again. Timber was stolen first; medicinal and aromatic herbs next. Now power projects are stealing water, life line for 30 million mountain folks and 3 billion in the Himalayan-water-dependent nations, as far as Vietnam. [1] The reassessed country-wise potential is: Pakistan: 41,722 MW, India 108,143 MW; Nepal 83,000

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Fleeing Drought

May 17th, 2013 | By
Dheye Village in Nepal

D+C: The impacts of climate change make the poorest people on earth suffer more than others. This is evident in Mustang, a northern district of Nepal. Entire villages are thinking of relocating because water scarcity is getting worse. Swiss researchers assessed the options. Mustang is a tough place to live because of desert-like drought, freezing

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China Approves Environment Assessment Of ‘Tallest Dam

May 17th, 2013 | By

The Hindu: Chinese authorities have granted approval for an environmental assessment of a controversial 2 GW dam project — slated to be the country’s tallest dam — despite concerns voiced by a number of environmental groups. The Ministry of Environmental Protection this week said it had approved a year-long assessment of the Shuangjiangkou project on

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Climate Asia Case Study: Nepal

May 16th, 2013 | By
Nandi Lal Nepal farmer

BBC: Nandi Lal Paswan, 59, is a farmer in Sripur, East Terai in Nepal. He is married and takes responsibility for the six other family members living in his house. Nandi Lal is content with his life, but he has worked hard to get where he is today. Thirty years ago he began farming a

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Dramatic Decline; Warning For Plants And Animals

May 15th, 2013 | By
In some regions, climate change could increase the area burned by wildfires

BBC: More than half of common plant species and a third of animals could see a serious decline in their habitat range because of climate change. New research suggests that biodiversity around the globe will be significantly impacted if temperatures rise more than 2C. But the scientists say that the losses can be reduced if

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Mountain Agro-Ecosystem: Traditional Science to Cost Effective Solution

May 14th, 2013 | By
Planing-Shalini's article

Shalini Dhyani: Writes about hill agriculture, agro-forest and such ecosystem practices from Indian Himalayan region. She emphasizes on improving the socio-economic condition of mountain people by adopting a range of animal husbandry, agro-forestry and traditional agriculture practices through better scientific and technical inputs. Entire Himalayan ecosystem is undergoing rapid land-use and climatic changes in last

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Global Biodiversity Panel Urged To Heed Local Voices

May 13th, 2013 | By

Reuters: A newly established global panel on biodiversity faces being sidetracked by niche interests and northern agendas if it does not tread carefully, a meeting has heard. The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services (IPBES) was formed in April 2012, with a mandate to assess the state of the planet’s biodiversity and ecosystems, and provide accessible scientific

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Climate Change To Shrink Animal And Plant Habitats Dramatically, Study Forecasts

May 13th, 2013 | By

Huffingtonpost: The habitats of many common plants and animals will shrink dramatically this century unless governments act quickly to cut rising greenhouse gas emissions, scientists said on Sunday after studying 50,000 species around the world. The scientists from Britain, Australia and Colombia said plants, amphibians and reptiles were most vulnerable as global temperatures rise and

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Understanding Climate Change: In Nepal

May 13th, 2013 | By

Himalayan Times: Climate change has always remained as one of the hot topics of discussion amongst the environmentalists, governments, policymakers as well as other bodies concerned. As per Intergovermental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), warming of the climate system is unequivocal, as is now evident from observations of increase in global average air and ocean

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Tiny Bhutan Redefines ‘Progress’

May 13th, 2013 | By
Bhutan mules

My parents lived through the Great Depression of the 1930s and were profoundly affected by it. They taught us to work hard to earn a living, live within our means, save for tomorrow, share and not be greedy and help our neighbours because one day we might need their help. Those homilies and teachings seem

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Women Are ‘Key Drivers’ In Climate Change Adaptation

May 13th, 2013 | By
Mountain women Dr. Karki

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Plans to protect ecosystems and help people adapt to climate change ― also known as ecosystem-based adaptation (EBA) ― must involve vulnerable groups, including women and communities greatly hit by global warming if they are to succeed, according to scientists who met in Tanzania last month (21-23 March). Scientists and policymakers at the UN-ledinternational

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Priority CCD Actions For Pakistan

May 2nd, 2013 | By
Pakistan flood and cc

CDKN: Pakistan is one of the lowest emitters of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the world: it accounts for just 0.8% of total global emissions, and ranks 135th in terms of per capita emissions.  Unfortunately, Pakistan is also one of the most climate vulnerable countries in the world.  Over the past 20 years, 141 extreme events

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How China’s Mountain Communities Better Adapt to Climate Change

May 2nd, 2013 | By

From local knowledge to national policy: how can China’s mountain communities better adapt to climate change? Faced with increasing rainfall variability – especially continuous, four-year droughts – mountain farmers in Southwest China’s Yunnan province have developed innovative strategies to minimize water-related threats to their livelihoods. Yufang Su, Jianchu Xu and a team of World Agroforestry

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Nepal Training Advances Local And Global Tactics To Tackle Climate Change

May 1st, 2013 | By
Many Asian countries are already manifesting the effects of climate change, like the climate-exacerbated Typhoon Bopha that struck the Philippines last year. Above, a mother and child navigate the resulting floods in Laguna, where ACT Alliance is assisting affected communities. 
ACT Alliance/Paul Jeffrey

ACT Alliance members from eight Asian countries met last week in Nepal to share their experiences and develop strategies on how to better influence governments to address climate change. Some of the countries that suffer the most visible and tangible immediate effects of climate change are located in Asia. Foezullah from ACT Bangladesh explains that

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28,000 Rivers Disappeared In China: What Happened?

Apr 30th, 2013 | By

The Atlantic: Government officials say it’s been caused by statistical inaccuracies and climate change. But is that the whole story? As recently as 20 years ago, there were an estimated 50,000 rivers in China, each covering a flow area of at least 60 square miles. But now, according to China’s First National Census of Water,

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Pakistan Farmers Grapple With Climate Change

Apr 25th, 2013 | By
Pakistan farmer weather

Aljazeera: Government attempts a new insurance scheme to protect farmers from floods and other worsening weather problems. After five consecutive dry winters, Abdul Qadeer was jubilant at the prospect of a plentiful harvest of wheat after December rains soaked his farmland. But the 39-year-old farmer’s hopes were destroyed last month by torrential spring rains and

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Nepal: Minister Urges For Change In Agro Evaluation System

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By
Nepal agriculture

Himalayan Times: Minister for Agriculture Development Tek Bahadur Thapa Gharti has directed ministry officials to evaluate the performance of projects based on the benefits that the projects have provided to people. Impact on livelihoods should be the base for evaluating the projects, he said during a performance review meeting of the Agriculture Ministry. “The traditional

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Himalayan Ski Village Still A Distant Dream

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By
himalayan ski village

Despite the Himachal Pradesh (India) government recently proposing to withdraw a Special Leave Petition (SLP), filed by the previous BJP regime, against the Rs 1,600 crore Himalayan Ski Village project proposed by the earlier Congress government, the state is not planning any moves to revive the project. Chief Secretary Sudripta Roy, who only three days

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Is Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness Inclusive?

Apr 15th, 2013 | By

Himalayan Times: Bhutan, a tiny Himalayan kingdom sandwiched between two super powers India and China, has gained popularity after introducing a new development measure, Gross National Happiness (GNH), in recent years. The fourth monarch of Bhutan, Jigme Singey Wangchuck, introduced it in the early 1990s along with his vision of establishing good governance, promoting sustainable

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Learning Curve Of Assessing Economics Of Climate Change In Nepal

Apr 15th, 2013 | By
Namche Bazaar, Nepal Source: Wikipedia

CDKN: Dr. Govinda Nepal, IDS-Nepal, reflects at the half way point of a project in Nepal which is calculating the economic cost of climate change in key sectors on what the team has learnt so far Which climate risk screening tool is the most appropriate for Nepal? What questions does an Investment and Financial Flow

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Bhutan’s National Happiness By Being World’s First Organic Country

Apr 14th, 2013 | By
Bhutan Epoch times

ABC Net: The small, landlocked country of Bhutan is aiming to increase its national happiness by becoming the first country in the world to completely shift to organic farming. About 80 per cent of Bhutan’s 800,000 residents depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. The country plans to use the organic status, which it hopes to

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Hill Women Learn To Earn The Eco-Friendly Way

Apr 11th, 2013 | By
women in indian hill jugran photo

The Better India: Puja Devi, 30, watches with satisfaction as her young son gulps down his glass of milk and then reaches for his satchel, ready to go to school. For some months now, the happy mother has been able to provide milk for her son every day, a far cry from earlier times when

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Learning How To Look At The Social Dimensions Of Climate Change In Peru

Apr 9th, 2013 | By

EBA: The ecosystem-based adaptation in mountain ecosystems (EbA) project in Peru, among its activities, contributes to the enhancement of local and national capacities by providing training in analytical and decision-making tools that help better understand and address vulnerability of ecosystem services, through the use of ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) and enhancing local livelihoods. In order to

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Potatoes For Food Security In The Andes

Apr 9th, 2013 | By

MP: A project to improve food security among vulnerable rural groups coordinated by Mountain Partnership member the International Potato Centre (CIP) is underway in four Latin American countries. In the Andes, the potato is one of the most important crops in the agricultural sector. However, in areas where the tuber is produced, chronic malnutrition in

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What Happens In Nepal Doesn’t Stay In Nepal

Apr 8th, 2013 | By
Nepal status

Life had been good for Sunyali Majhi, a farmer in Dolalghat, a small village about 50 kilometres from landlocked Nepal’s Kathmandu. She harvested enough rice to sell and feed her brood at home. But the portions have been getting smaller, the financial squeeze tighter. In the shade of a Peopaal tree, Sunyali and her children

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Innovation As Expression Of Adaptation To Change In Himalayan Farming

Apr 4th, 2013 | By

BioOne: Recent studies of future food production in South Asia generally agree that the conditions for production will radically change in the years to come, in particular due to climate change and market variations. However, because we do not know how conditions will be modified and what adaptations will be required by farmers, the article

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Indo-Swiss Cooperation For Sustaining Himalayan Ecosystem Mission

Apr 3rd, 2013 | By
dignitaries on dias

IHCAP: A Capacity Building Programme on Himalayan Glaciology was inaugurated on 02 April 2013 at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (India) in the presence of Swiss Ambassador to India Dr. Linus von Castelmur and Dr. T. Ramasami, Secretary, Department of Science & Technology, Government of India. The press release states that the Capacity Building Programme

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Climate Change: One More Problem For Pakistan

Apr 1st, 2013 | By
Disaster flood in pakistan

Climate Central: The Indus river, originating on the Tibetan Plateau and flowing for nearly 2,000 miles through the disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir and finally down to the province of Sindh and out into the Arabian Sea, is key to life in Pakistan. The majority of Pakistan’s 190 million people are involved in agriculture:

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