Nepal-ICIMOD Day: Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Building in Nepal


The second Nepal-ICIMOD Day was held on 11 March 2011 at ICIMOD’s Headquarters in Kathmandu to demonstrate programme results and to increase collaboration along the theme of ‘Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Building in Nepal’. ICIMOD and its Nepalese partners collaborate in designing and implementing programmes to deal with critical issues such as disaster risk reduction, livelihood diversification, biodiversity conservation, integrated watershed management, and reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD). The main objective of the event was to communicate the results and process of this collaborative work to policy makers and development partners in Nepal to obtain feedback, improve ICIMOD’s work, and stimulate further collaboration.

Nepal-ICIMOD Day featured presentations on programmes followed by a lively discussion. The event was attended by representatives from the government, diplomatic missions, the donor community, and partner organisations. Dr Andreas Schild, Director General of ICIMOD, stressed the need to maintain a long-term perspective while addressing climate change adaptation and resilience building, and the need to reduce scientific uncertainty regarding climate and global change in the Himalayan region. 

Presenters included Dr Madhav Karki, Deputy Director General of ICIMOD, who highlighted the features and results of ICIMOD’s work in climate change adaptation and community resilience; Mr Keshab Thapa from LI-BIRD, who presented key results of the community-level adaptation project in agroforestry management and livelihood diversification in the middle hills of Nepal; Dr Narendra Khanal, Professor at Tribhuvan University, who shared his work on socioeconomic vulnerability from glacier lake outburst flood risk in the Koshi Basin; and Mr Resham Bahadur Dangi, Deputy Director General of the Department of Forests, Government of Nepal, who highlighted the issues and challenges his department is facing in enhancing climate resilience and the adaptive capacity of the forestry sector in Nepal.

Main outcomes of the event included:

  • identification and recommendation of new approaches to multi-stakeholder coordination and collaboration – including the involvement of the private sector – to integrate climate change adaptation into the overall national development process;.
  • a recommendation to the Government of Nepal to consider the increased level of vulnerability and risks from climate change not only as threats, but also as opportunities to its development process;
  • emphasis on the need to focus on income-enhancing and livelihood-diversifying activities to build community resilience; and
  • a recommendation to the National Planning Commission and ICIMOD to jointly set up a national policy and programme coordination mechanism to make the Nepal-ICIMOD collaboration more coordinated, effective, result oriented, and above all relevant to the different stakeholders in Nepal. 

Nepal-ICIMOD Day was followed by ICIMOD’s annual Open House Day on 12 March 2011, which was attended by more than 2,500 visitors.