Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme (HICAP)

HICAP is a pioneering collaboration among three organizations – CICERO, ICIMOD, and GRID-Arendal – aimed at contributing to enhanced resilience of mountain communities, particularly women, through improved understanding of vulnerabilities, opportunities, and potentials for adaptation. Women in the region have important responsibilities as stewards of natural and household resources and are therefore well positioned to contribute to adaptation strategies; but they are more vulnerable than men to climate change as they face more social, economic, and political barriers limiting their coping capacity. 
HICAP will generate knowledge of climate change impacts on natural resources, ecosystem services, and the communities depending on them, contributing to policy and practice for enhanced adaptation. 


  • To reduce uncertainty through the development of  scenarios for climate and for water availability and demand, customized and downscaled for parts of the Brahmaputra, Ganges, and Indus river basins
  • To develop knowledge on the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of and responses to climate change at local, national, and regional levels, and to enhance capacities to assess, monitor, and communicate them
  • To make concrete and actionable proposals for strategies and policies for adaptation, considering vulnerabilities, opportunities, and potentials, with particular reference to strengthening the role of women and local communities

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