Climate Crisis: Extreme Warming Can Present A Number Of Difficulties To Communities In Mountainous Areas

Nepal is an agrarian mountainous country situated in the central Himalayas, with an altitude ranging from 60m to 8848m. Within this climatic range, the mountain ecosystem of Nepal nurtures around 118 ecosystems, 75 types of vegetation and 35 types of forest. Nepal also has 3,252 glaciers that encompass an area of 5323sq km. However, the…

How The Tiny, Poor Country Of Bhutan Became One Of The Most Sustainable Countries On Earth

Bhutan–a poor, isolated country sandwiched between India and China measures Gross National Happiness as its main economic indicator. It became the first country to commit to being carbon neutral in perpetuity in 2009,by which time it had already become carbon negative: Its forests absorb three times more CO2 than the whole country emits. Bhutan has…

WWF Helps A Mountain Community Protect Forests And Adapt To Climate Change

In the outermost hills of the Himalayas in Nepal, WWF recently concluded a project that worked closely with local communities to reduce land degradation, forest loss, and climate change vulnerability. The Churia range is a fragile ecosystem critical to recharging ground water, supporting agricultural production, reducing erosion, and stabilizing steep slopes during the monsoon season.…

Climate Change Brings An Uncertain Future To One Of The World’s Finest Teas

Average temperatures in Sri Lanka have risen nearly 1 degree Celsius during the last century and are expected to keep rising. Higher temperatures are a curse for tea growers who work from the coastline to 4,000 feet above sea-level, as those places will soon become too hot to grow the finest tea.  The highlands will gradually lose…

How Is Bhutan Focusing On Ambitious Conservation And Human Well-being?

Bhutan has sought a new path to development with a dual focus on ambitious conservation and human well-being. This is the country’s wide-ranging commitment to sustainability. Bhutan is now carbon negative: it not only produces renewable energy  but the kingdom also acts as a carbon sink. Bhutan’s grassroots approach seems to be working and is…

Rice Duck Farming In Nepal: A Community Based Adaptation For Combating Climate Change

Rice-duck farming is an integrated type of farming technology. It is especially suitable for resource poor farmers to produce low cost organic rice. Rice -duck farming on a small scale is a common practice  especially among the Tharu communities in the  Terai regions of Nepal. The  pilot research carried out by Practical Action from April…

Floating Gardens Of Bangladesh: A Community Based Adaptation For Combating Climate Change

The farmlands in southern Bangladesh during the monsoon  are covered by water, making it impossible to grow crops. Even when the floods recede, the land remains waterlogged restricting people’s ability to cultivate vegetables, to feed themselves and to generate an income. In this scenario, floating garden an ancient  method of farming has worked out to…

Crop Planning – A Tool For Climate Resilient Food System

Ganeshwadi hamlet of Ghoti village in Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra consists of 15 households. Farmers here are poor, having small and marginal land holdings. They  have been experiencing late onset of monsoon, decrease in temperature in spring, frost and unseasonal rainfall, resulting in crop loss. Farm level crop planning goes a long way in building…