The Center for Environment and Agricultural Policy Research, Extension and Development (CEAPRED) received the Adaptation at Scale Prize, Protsahan Puraskar (award for encouragement) for the successful implementation of our Resilient Mountain Village (RMV) pilot project.
The Protsahan Puraskar was awarded by Ideas to Impact, a programme funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). It recognizes successful climate change adaptation initiatives in Nepal with high potential for scaling up.
The RMV approach is being implemented across eight villages in collaboration with CEAPRED in Kavre under the Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme (HICAP). The pilot works with 40 farmers’ groups, which include representatives of 1,089 households. Over 80% of the household representatives are women and many are from marginalized communities. It follows a dynamic and evolving learning mechanism based on field experience, as well as the latest research in the field of climate resilience.
RMV, earlier referred to as the Climate Smart Village, is an integrated approach to development in mountain areas that combines economic, social, and environmental dimensions of sustainable development with climate change adaptation, resilience, and preparedness for future risks. It evolved at ICIMOD from elements of the climate smart agriculture and climate smart village concepts of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research (CGIAR).
At the award ceremony held on 16 December 2016, Minister for Population and Environment Jay Dev Joshi handed a token of appreciation, and a cash prize worth £10,000 to CEAPRED representative Roshan Subedi.
Of the 59 organizations who applied, 15 qualified for an award, and the chance to compete for another prize, the karyanwayein (implementation) award, with a prize money of £325,000.