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Resilience from Source to Sea in South Asia

COP26 Satellite Event


Nature-based Solutions Day, Resilience Hub, COP26, UK

Date & Time

06 November 2021


Simon Lucas , Melissa Pradhan & Udayan Mishra

Organizers: International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), International Center for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), the British Embassy (BEK), Kathmandu, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)

Link to join event(Meeting ID: 849 9385 0404, Passcode: 361639)

Presentation and Videos for the Source to Sea Event can be found here (Google Drive) OR here (MS Teams).


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About the event

The event showcases resilience interventions being delivered from ‘Source to Sea’ in South Asia with an emphasis on scaling up practical solutions and bringing in civil society and community voices to show that local adaptation works and can be scaled. It will be anchored in the Resilience Hub at COP26 and will be a virtual event ‘stopping in’ at various points from the high mountains to the plains and sea – and highlighting how climate finance is being used to build resilience and support community adaptation.



The event aims to call for COP26 to agree to increased investment in local level solutions and ensure support reaches the most vulnerable.


Time (UK Time) Programme Presenter
11:45 Welcome and objectives Saleem Ul Huq, International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD)
1 11:50 Ice stupas Sonam Wangchuk, Founding Director, Students’ Educational and Cultural  Movement of Ladakh (SECMOL) (Virtual)
2 11:55 Glacial Lake outburst flood risk management Arun B Shrestha, Senior Climate Change Specialist, ICIMOD (Recorded presentation)
3 12:00 Springshed  management in the HKH Sanjeev Bhuchar, Senior Water Management specialist, ICIMOD (Virtual)
4 12:05 NCCSP – iLAPA  implementation Radha Wagle, Joint Secretary, Chief, Climate Change Management Division, Ministry of Forests and Environment (MoFE), Nepal (In person)
5 12:10 Climate smart agriculture Madan Pariyar, Senior Advisor, International Development Enterprises (iDE) (In person)
6 12:15 Coping with water  stress and flooding Daljeet Kaur, Climate and Environment Advisor, Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO)

Dilip Singh, National Project Manager, UNDP India

Johnson Topno, Regional Head of Programme, Phia Foundation (Recorded video)

7 12:22 Urban flood  management – Kolkata Okju Jeong, Urban Climate Resilience Specialist (Consultant), Climate Change  Resilience Trust Fund (UCCRTF), Asian Development Bank

Bonapart Masangcay, GIS Focal & Administrator, SPADE, Asian Development Bank


8 12:27 Floating vegetables  in floodplain Haseeb Irfanullah, Independent Consultant – Environment, Climate Change,  and Research System (Virtual)
9 12:30 Loss and damage

responses – to cyclone


Istiakh Ahmed, Programme Coordinator, ICCCAD

Rafiqul Islam Montu, Freelance journalist  (Virtual)

10 12:34 Rainwater harvesting  in coastal zone Mohammad Mahmodul Hasan, Coordinator, Climate Change Program, Christian Commission for Development in Bangladesh (CCDB) (Virtual)
12:37 Panel discussion with  resilience experts at

COP26 and in the Region

Moderator:  Saleem Ul Huq, Director, ICCCAD


Pema Gyamtsho, ICIMOD

Madan Pariyar, iDE

Radha Wagle, MoFE Nepal

B Rajeshwari, MGNREGA Commissioner, Jharkhand

Johnson Topno, Phia Foundation

Sonam Wangchuk, SECMOL

11 12:55 Remarks and closing Anne Marie Trevelyan, COP26 Resilience Champion (Pre-recorded)