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The government of Nepal, UNDP, UNEP and IUCN jointly launched the ‘Ecosystem based Adaptation in mountain ecosystem in Nepal (EbA)’ Project on the 16th August 2012.

The government of Nepal, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) jointly launched the ‘Ecosystem based Adaptation in mountain ecosystem in Nepal (EbA)’ Project on the 16th August 2012. The project aims at implementing an emerging approach to help people to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change. The three million dollar project, funded by the government of Germany, will be piloted in the Panchase area of Nepal which spans across the Kaski, Parbat and Syangja districts in the western part of Nepal.

According to Yam Malla, the country representative of IUCN, this project will strengthen ecosystem resilience and reduce the vulnerabilities of mountain ecosystems and their communities to the impacts of climate change. Dwelling on the unique opportunity that this project will provide to Nepal, IUCN Nepal said lessons learned and outputs of the project should be shared widely, not only at the community and national level, but also internationally. Addressing the ceremony, UNDP Country Director Noda said, “Environment and energy, and climate change is a very important area of UNDP’s work.” She expressed UNDP’s commitment for continued support for the effective and successful implementation of the project. “I am confident that the project outcomes will be valuable for future climate adaptation initiatives of the country, and will also contribute to national policies and strategies,” she added. Cooperation at local as well as regional and national levels will be important for the successful implementation of the project.

The government and donors have claimed that it is one of the pioneer projects on ecosystem based adaptation. Speaking at the signing ceremony, UNDP Country Director, Shoko Noda said, “I am confident that the project outcomes will be valuable for future climate adaptation initiatives of the country, and will also contribute to national policies and strategies.” The project is possibly the first to focus on Ecosystem Based Adaptation in mountain region, therefore, it provides unique opportunities for experimental learning between regions and among countries with similar landscapes. For more information, please contact: Moon Shrestha, National Project Coordinator EbA in Mountain Ecosystem in Nepal

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Healthy ecosystems deliver critical goods and services, such as providing food and fuel, or preventing floods and soil erosion. People depend on these goods and services for their wellbeing and livelihoods. However, because of climate change and other human impacts, many ecosystems have become degraded, with negative impacts on people’s lives. EBA involves the use of biodiversity and ecosystem services as part of an overall adaptation strategy to help people adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change.readmore

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