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Neither heroines nor victims: Women migrant workers and changing family and community relations in Nepal (Discussion Paper)

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.

Identification of Drought and Flood Induced Critical Moments and Coping Strategies in Hazard Prone Lower Teesta River Basin

In north-western part of Bangladesh in lower Teesta basin area, people repeatedly confronted by natural catastrophe almost every year such as drought and flood. After the construction of two barrages in Gozaldoba and Dalia on Teesta river drought and flood occurs almost every year.

Literature Review of Critical Climate-Stress Moments in the Hindu Kush Himalaya: A Resource Kit

This resource kit presents a compilation of information on critical climate-stress moments in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region. The information is based on a literature review on critical-climate stress moments in agriculture and health due to heat stress and discusses critical moments emerging from downstream and upstream floods.

Gendered Vulnerabilities in Diaras: Struggling with Floods in the Gandak River Basin

People living in diara villages within the embankments of the River Gandak in Bihar face high levels of vulnerability due to frequent flooding and droughts. Using anthropological surveys, gendered vulnerabilities in four diara villages in West Champaran are explored.

Adjustment of Measurement Errors to Reconcile Precipitation Distribution in the High-altitude Indus Basin

Precipitation in the high-altitude Indus basin governs its renewable water resources affecting water, energy and food securities. However, reliable estimates of precipitation climatology and associated hydrological implications are seriously constrained by the quality of observed data. As such, quantitative and spatiotemporal distributions of precipitation estimated by previous studies in the study area are highly contrasting and uncertain.

What Constitutes Successful Adaptation Measures? Reflections from the National and Local Context of Nepal (WP-17)

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.

Policy Gaps and Institutional Arrangements for Water Resources Management in Nepal (WP-16)

Enhancing the capacity to adapt to climate change impacts has become a critical challenge for the developing countries. This article therefore analyzes the legal and policy aspects and institutional structure of water resource management in Nepal. Policy and institutional analysis approach is used in the research as it offers a more comprehensive framework for thinking water governance issues.

Framework for Upstream- Downstream Linkages of Land and Water Management in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) Region (WP-15)

This paper develops a conceptual and generic framework design for the study of upstream-downstream linkages (UDL) in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region. The framework application will to define changing upstreamdownstream linkages (UDL) and likely impacts on downstream regions. The results of such applications will be useful for policy makers, planners, decision makers, and researchers. It also addresses actors involved in Integrated Land and Water Resources Management (ILWRM) challenged by changing UDL processes, triggered by broader environmental changes such as climate change and human activities. This framework document defines the upstream downstream relationship. It describes the issues related to UDL mainly around land use and land cover (LULC) changes, erosion and sedimentation, climate change and infrastructure, which affect the availability of water in downstream areas.

When do Indians feel hot? – internet searches indicate seasonality suppresses adaptation to heat

In a warming world an increasing number of people are being exposed to heat, making a comfortable thermal environment an important need. This study explores the potential of using Regional Internet Search Frequencies (RISF) for air conditioning devices as an indicator for thermal discomfort.

Experimenting with Adaptation Solutions: Snapshots from three pilot initiatives of HI-AWARE

In addition to conducting research on water, energy, food security, human health, water-induced hazards and extreme events, HI-AWARE under Research Component (RC) 3 of the Knowledge Generation Work Package is also in the process of testing adaptation measures in these sites and designing adaptation pathways for out-scaling and up-scaling.