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High Mountain Glacial Watershed Program: Planning measures in the Khumbu region in September 2012

by Portal Web Editor last modified Aug 07, 2013 07:12 PM
Contributors: Skyship Films
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Glaciated high mountain regions play a critical role in providing water and other ecosystem services to downstream populations. Climate change impacts in these regions are being felt first and foremost in relation to water resources. Impacts include reduced dry season flows, increasing threats from glacial lake outburst floods, and related consequences for high mountain livelihoods and biodiversity. The High Mountain Glacial Watershed Program was created in March 2012 with support from USAID, to strengthen scientific, social, and institutional capacity for climate change adaptation and disaster risk management in these areas. As a global community of practice, it is also sharing knowledge between high mountain communities, development practitioners, and scientists around the world.

Near Mount Everest in the Khumbu region of eastern Nepal, the program is building local capacity for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. Scientists are conducting field research on the risks of a flood from the rapidly growing Imja Lake. In September 2012, the program conducted consultations in three communities to provide communities with new information and tools for understanding their vulnerabilities and planning adaptation, as well as to gather their feedback on climate change-related issues to inform government agencies and development partners. These discussions are informing the collaborative development of a Local Adaptation Plan of Action for the Khumbu. The following video gives further details.

High Mountain Glacial Watershed Program from Skyship Films on Vimeo.


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For More Information:

Jonathan Cook, Global Climate Change Office

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

Alton Byers, The Mountain Institute

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