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HI-AWARE Brief - 14

Key Message: Adaptation requires careful consideration of what to do when in order to sustain development efforts over time.

Assessment of when people are most vulnerable guides adaptation to offer fit-for-purpose solutions to people in different socio-cultural contexts. Critical climate stress moments are already experienced across different sectors in the Hindu Kush Himalaya. People are coping, yet not prepared enough for future changes in climate. For timely adaptation it is crucial to assess when turning points for decision-making are reached.

HI-AWARE started the development of adaptation pathways in the Hindu Kush Himalaya region. Making adaptation pathways helps to assess whether development is sustainable within the context of climate change and when adaptations are needed. In order for development plans to be climate-resilient they need to include choices and actions that reduce climate change impacts to sustain development efforts over time. Participatory development of adaptation pathways helps to prepare for change and facilitate the transformation needed for adaptation.


HI-AWARE Brief - 15

Key Message: The pilots implemented by HI-AWARE present contextually relevant and ecologically friendly technologies in the field of flood resilience, climate smart agriculture, and water and heat stress management. They have shown promising results and responses to existing climate risks at the local level, and in preparation for uncertainties relating to future climate risks.

The co-designing, planning, testing and implementation of various technologies with communities and other stakeholders, and existing technologies, are critical factors for successful pilots in the HKH region.


Kripa Shrestha, Students' Dissertation, 2018

Landslide is one of the major type of natural disaster that causes loss of life and property in Nepal. The landslide risk assessment using GIS and remote sensing tools identifying hazard, vulnerability and risk are very useful for disaster risk reduction and management. The study was carried out in the Chepe river corridor using two landslide hazard models which were compared for the evaluation of the performance of the hazard model in the small area like a river corridor.


Sunam Pradhan, Students' Dissertation, 2017

Climate change is a slow natural process that has been taking place in earth since its formation. The agriculture production is entirely dependent on precipitation, temperature and other weather conditions. The irrigation systems though constructed to provide supplementary water to the fields are affected due to change in precipitation pattern and volume. Khageri Irrigation System is chosen to study the climatic variability triggered changes in farming in irrigated scenario as it covers a large area of 3900 ha in Chitwan.


Zubair Hafeez, Students' Dissertation, 2017

Climate change is reality now and fresh water resources are under threats in this context. The assessment of impacts of climatic variabilities on available water resources is necessary to identify adaptation strategies. Simly dam a key source of drinking water for Islamabad city is likely to be affected by such type of changes.


Kashif Jamal, Students' Dissertation, 2016

Investigation of streamflows in high–altitude cryosphere due to the changing climate is an immense challenge under inadequate climate records. The current study compares the efficiency of rainfall–runoff model (HEC–HMS) and the snowmelt–runoff model (SRM) for current climate in Hunza River catchment. Landsat–5 & 8 imagery was selected for land cover classification and change detection using Earth Recourses Data Analysis System (ERDAS) Imagine tool.


Hammayun Zulfiqar Rana, Students' Dissertation, 2016

Impact of climate change has not only significantly altered hydrologic process but will also continue to influence events of extreme flood disasters in future. Rainfall-runoff models which simulate the catchment responses are frequently used to study prediction of flooding events and future hydrological scenario. Owing to profound impact of climate change and the extensive flood events, formulation of effective flood mitigation & adaptation strategies has assumed added significance.


Maria Javed, Students' Dissertation, 2018

Freshwater “inadequacy” and security have been determined to be chief global environmental problems of 21st century. But it is unusually difficult to specify the type of global water crisis which the world is facing right now (Srinivasan et al., 2012) despite the global population is estimated to rise to about 9 billion by 2050 (Gleick and Palaniappan, 2010).


Highlights Report (2014-2018)

HI-AWARE’s overall goal is to enhance the adaptive capacities and climate resilience of the poor and vulnerable women, men, and children in the mountains and plains of the glacier and snowpack-dependent river basins of the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH), focusing on the Indus, Ganges, and Brahmaputra river basins, through the development of robust evidence to inform people-centred and gender sensitive climate change adaptation policies and practices for improving livelihoods. This report documents the journey of HI-AWARE from February 2014 to October 2018. This end of project report provides a comprehensive overview of the project, its major outcomes and impact. It is aimed at researchers, policy makers, practitioners and students interested in the issue of climate change adaption in HKH region as well as project management, research with impact, and capacity building in large scale action research settings. The report is divided into three parts: generating knowledge, research uptake and strengthening expertise.