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Resilient Mountain Solutions

RMS

Approaches, support and partners

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Supported by

swedennorwegian ministry of foreign affairs

KGF is a nonprofit foundation that provides sustainable support for agriculture research and development. It was established by the Government of Bangladesh in joint sponsorship with the World Bank. RMS works with KGF to incorporate adaptation and resilience-building approaches in KGF’s project plans and during their implementation, particularly in the areas of agriculture, water, springshed management, development of projects, and science-policy management.

RMS in Bhutan is aligned with the government’s 12th Five-Year Plan and flagship programmes. It is working with the Royal Government of Bhutan particularly in partnership with the Department of Cottage and Small Industry, under the Ministry of Economic Affairs, and the Department of Agriculture, under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests. RMS is broadly focused on two areas: entrepreneurship development and land livestock economy in mountains. It works with Bhutan’s National Flagship Programme on Organic Agriculture with a focus on promoting the land-livestock economy in the high mountains and with the Department of Cottage and Small Industry with a focus on Bhutan’s Start-up Center for creating an ecosystem for entrepreneurship development in agribusiness and natural resources based enterprises.

MIID is a nonprofit institute working with governments, communities, local CSOs/NGOs, international organizations, and technical specialists to strengthen capacities, governance processes, knowledge bases, and intervention models for integrated development. RMS partners with MIID to strengthen the community-government connect for scaling up resilient mountain solutions through building the capacity of governments and other stakeholders and providing skill development around resilience solutions, bamboo enterprises, and value chains.

The NWCF is a nonpartisan institution dedicated to interdisciplinary research on issues affecting the use and management of water and related natural resources, with a primary focus on the Himalaya-Ganga region. It aims to develop research capacity in analysing water issues at the local, national, regional, and international scales. RMS entered in partnership with NWCF in collaboration with ICIMOD’s Koshi Basin Initiative. NWCF focuses on mainstreaming spring-revival practices and relevant policy in the HKH, generating and synthesizing knowledge and evidence on spring revival, building institutional capacities, and raising awareness on spring revival in the HKH.

Antarprerana, a private company in Nepal, supports entrepreneurs by incubating their enterprises, facilitating investments, and increasing international linkages. Antarprerana aims to strengthen entrepreneurial ecosystems by empowering entrepreneurs, improving the investment climate, and advancing collaborations. Together with RMS, Antarprerana provides technical assistance in promoting and developing the overall entrepreneurial ecosystem at the Bhutan’s Start-up Center.

GeoKrishi’s mission is to simplify and enhance the work of farmers and other actors in the farm-to-market value/supply chain. GeoKrishi provides location-specific, timely, scientifically tested, and actionable information to increase farm productivity and maximize profitability. Together with RMS, GeoKrishi, in close coordination with CEAPRED, focuses on increasing the adoption of digital solutions and tools for agriculture development at the local level.

SABAH Nepal is a community-based social-business organization that works towards strengthening the livelihoods of financially deprived, marginalized, excluded, and vulnerable women of Nepal. Together with RMS, SABAH works in close cooperation with CEAPRED to improve farmers’ market access and strengthen enterprise development in Nepal’s Kavre District.

The Center for Environmental and Agricultural Policy Research, Extension and Development (CEAPRED)

CEAPRED is a leading national developmental nongovernmental organization working in Nepal’s agriculture sector. It uses climate-friendly approaches in its mission to reduce poverty, improve livelihoods, and enhance the food security of the poor and disadvantaged rural communities in Nepal. Together with RMS, CEAPRED helps build the capacity of Nepal’s municipal governments and the Department of Environemnt (DoEnv) on resilience building, and it supports Resilient Mountain Villages (RMVs) by providing technical support to municipality staff for monitoring RMV activities implemented under the DoEnv.

The Department of Environment, under the Ministry of Forests and Environment, Government of Nepal, is a strategic partner of RMS and, among others, also promotes the Resilient Mountain Village/Climate Smart Village approach in Nepal.

The Southasia Institute of Advanced Studies (SIAS), a reputed research institute in Nepal, provides a platform for advanced research, policy engagement, and scholarly exchange, with a thematic focus on environment and climate change, democracy and governance, disaster risk management, and urban resilience, among others. Together with RMS, SIAS works on assessing resilience building in Nepal by developing and deploying resilience markers informed by the data generated from case studies.

GRID-Arendal, a centre collaborating with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), supports informed decision making and awareness-raising through: (1) environmental information management and assessment, (2) capacity-building services (3) outreach and communication tools, methodologies, and products. Its mission is to create environmental knowledge that enables positive change. Together with RMS, GRID-Arendal contributes to developing new knowledge and communication products on resilience solutions in the HKH and supports regional and global platforms in sharing knowledge and experiences and with engaging diverse stakeholders to help shape policies and practices that build resilience and work with opportunities arising from climatic and other changes.

NUS is a research university and an academic partner to RMS. NUS and RMS are working in close collaboration on the research on resilience markers which is one of the flaship activities of RMS.