The initiative will work to develop a system to delineate pockets of poverty and vulnerability and identify location-specific drivers of change in project areas. The initiative has conducted participatory assessments in 15 project districts in Bhutan, India, and Nepal to document impacts of change and community responses to deal with change; the assessments have also included institutional dependency and support needs of communities to deal with stress arising from such change.
Based on the assessments, participatory action research pilots have been implemented with partners in all three countries, focusing on selection of – and access to – stress-tolerant crops, community-based veterinary healthcare, access to market information using ICT approaches, and income diversification and enhancement adopting the value chain approach. Participatory policy engagement using Adaptation Learning Highways has also been implemented in India and Nepal
Build the capacity of mountain communities and partner institutions to adapt to climate and socioeconomic changes and to promote the formulation and improvement of pro-poor policies through analytical work and knowledge sharing