Rural Livelihoods and Climate Change Adaptation in the Himalayas (Himalica)

The Rural Livelihoods and Climate Change Adaptation in the Himalayas (Himalica) Initiative is financed by the European Union and aims to support poor and vulnerable mountain communities in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region in mitigating and adapting to climate change. This Initiative will work to reduce poverty, increase the resilience of local communities, and ensure the equitable and sustainable wellbeing of men and women in the Hindu Kush Himalayas by building the capacity of local institutions, promoting new livelihood options, and encouraging regional cooperation in the promotion of equitable approaches to sustainable mountain development.

The Initiative will be implemented through five main areas of activity:

  • Building the capacity to formulate adapted policy: Increasing the collaborative capacity of national and regional stakeholders to positively impact rural mountain livelihoods through the development of adapted policies that consider the impacts of socioeconomic and climate change 
  • Expanding knowledge management: Raising awareness and disseminating knowledge on the effects of climate change and adaptation responses in the HKH region
  • Strengthening collaborative action research: Generating evidence-based knowledge on climate change adaptation and mitigation in the HKH region by strengthening collaborative action research
  • Piloting activities for climate change adaptation: Conducting collaborative pilot activities to strengthen the resilience of mountain people in vulnerable areas through the delivery of services and products that will improve livelihood opportunities and encourage natural resource management practices at the local level. Pilot activities will include the promotion and development of pro-poor value chains of mountain niche products and services; diversification of livelihood opportunities; and the promotion of ecologically sustainable tourism with direct community involvement and benefit
  • Capacity building: Building the capacity of institutions of higher education, skills development and training institutions, and civil society organizations to scale-up best practices for improved resilience to climate change

Objectives 

To enable and facilitate the equitable and sustainable wellbeing of men and women in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region through activities supporting the development of equitable policies and practices that enhance the resilience of mountain men and women, encourage sustainable development and conservation, and promote regional cooperation 

Geographical coverage

The Hindu Kush Himalayan region

Partners

Governments, regional and national institutions, and civil society organizations in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region

Duration 

January 2013 – December 2017

Contact

Erling Valdemar Holmgren

Programme Coordinator, Himalica Initiative
Adaptation to Change