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Workshop Proceedings , 2016

FMIS(Farmer Managed Irrigation Systems) have survived decades of changes, they are likely to possess characteristics of a resilient system. However, a system level assessment of FMIS is necessary in order to understand the diverse causal factors leading to its decline.

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Workshop Proceedings , 2016

The Climate Change Adaptation Policy and Science (CCAPS) Conference held in New Delhi, India, from 24-25 February 2016 brought together over 100 participants—HI-AWARE consortium members, partners, scientists, student researchers, and government and donor representatives—to discuss the reality of climate change and other changes taking place in the Indus, Brahmaputra and Ganges river basins. The conference was organised by Himalayan Adaptation, Water and Resilience (HI-AWARE) Research, and Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA).

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Workshop Proceedings , 2015

The HI-AWARE Initiative, in collaboration with Megh Pyne Abhiyan (MPA) and the Centre for Environmental Sciences of the Central University of South Bihar (CUSB), organised a roundtable on “The Agony of Rivers: Floods in Bihar” in Patna, India on 3 September 2015. Some 144 participants attended the roundtable at which people from five flood-affected districts of North Bihar – Supaul, Saharsa, Khagaria, Madhubani and Pashchim Champaran – shared their experiences of living with floods, including the impacts of floods on their lives and livelihoods. Experts at the round table, including high level policymakers from the Bihar government, deliberated on the issues flagged to find ways to address them.

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Workshop Proceedings, 2015

The publication entitled “Proceedings of the South Asia Regional Fulbright Alumni Workshop on the Water-Energy-Food Nexus 2015” is an output of the workshop convened in Kathmandu from 10–12 February 2015. The workshop assembled 60 South Asian alumni of the Fulbright, Humphrey, and International Visitors Leadership programmes, along with 40 regional and international experts, to promote a shared understanding of water, energy, and food issues in the region.

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Working Paper - 21, 2018

The activities and processes led by natural and anthropogenic factors not only change environmental variables upstream (such as land use and land cover, snowmelt, and erosion, among others), they also affect the downstream environment in terms of water availability, floods, and sedimentation. Upstream–downstream linkages (UDL) of land and water management in the Himalayan region have been widely discussed in the literature. In 1989, L. A. Bruijnzeel and C. N. Bremmer published an ICIMOD occasional paper highlighting highland–lowland interactions in the Ganges–Brahmaputra river basins (Bruijnzeel & Bremmer 1989).

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Working Paper - 20, 2018

This study examines the patterns of migration, and its role in building adaptive capacities of households in four river basins – the Indus, the Upper Ganga, the Gandaki, and the Teesta – of the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region. The HKH region is one of the more environmentally vulnerable areas in the world.

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Working Paper - 19, 2018

Development is occurring against a backdrop of vulnerability to climate change. In order for development decisions to be sustainable in a changing climate they need to include choices and actions that modify climate change and its impacts and sustain development efforts over time. In the context of adaptation to climate change, adaptation pathways are proposed as a promising decision-focused approach to incorporate flexibility and account for future uncertainties (e.g. Haasnoot et al., 2013, Wise et al., 2014, Bosomworth et al., 2017).

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Working Paper - 18, 2018

This framework document aims to introduce a proactive approach to assess adaptation needs and encourage timely adaptation. The idea behind this approach is that if an assessment shows that specific policies and practices of stakeholders are at risk of failure due to climate change, corrections are encouraged and losses or damages can be prevented. The approach focuses on identifying whether and when the performance of policies, management, and social-cultural practices drops below a decisive level due to climate change, and adaptation is required.

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Working Paper, 2018

In Nepal, over the last decade, the share of women migrant workers has significantly increased. Due to prevailing patriarchal norms and values and skewed policy, female labour migration is traditionally stigmatized and associated with sex work or equated to trafficking.

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Working Paper - 17, 2018

Adaptation needs and options contain a wide variety of interventions, reflecting their multi-faceted nature. The study identified elements of successful adaptation measures and criteria for evaluating them for which the method of Multi- Criteria Analysis (MCA) was used. Participatory methods such as focus group discussions and interviews with key informants were included. District level workshops were organized to collate data and information.

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