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For mountains and people
Resilience is the ability of communities and ecosystems to be prepared for shocks, recover from shocks, and “bounce forward” to emerge stronger than they were before. To build community resilience means to build a community’s capacity to do just that.
For Mountains and People
Aspirations of community members in the mountain areas of the HKH can only be realized by adopting a broad integrated approach to livelihoods that are responsive to climate change and other shocks. Climate, socio-economic and future resilience are essential to prosperity in the mountains.
Climate resilience includes areas such as elements of the farming system (e.g. sustainable soil management practices and approaches, soil nutrients, crops, pest management; cash crop development, agroforestry development, livestock development, natural resources management); water (e.g. water harvesting for drinking, livestock, irrigation); and energy (e.g. forest management, biomass based energy development, harnessing solar energy) management.
Socio-economic resilience includes economic development (e.g. market, value chains of high value products) and infrastructure (e.g. traditional irrigation, solar pumps for irrigation), gender and institutions (e.g. forest user groups, women groups, local governments, agriculture extension).
Future resilience deals with digital services (e.g. smart phone crop and weather advisory, ICTs), financial services (e.g. crop/livestock insurance) and preparedness of farmers on disaster risks (e.g. droughts, crop failures, hailstorms, floods). ICIMOD is piloting these agriculture-focused resilient mountain villages in earthquake-affected villages in Nepal and is now extending the piloting to other ecological regions and countries of the HKH.
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The initiative builds on research and solutions developed and tested by ICIMOD and its partners to identify a range of options that have proven effective and applicable in the diverse mountain context of the HKH.