Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation in Nepal

Report / Paper

Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation in Nepal

ORGANISER: Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University,International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
AUTHORS: Ryan Bartlett, Luna Bharati, Dhruba Pant, Heather Hosterman, Peter McCornick


August 2011


The impacts of climate change on water resources will have wide-reaching implications for agricultural systems and food security around the globe. This is especially true for Nepal, a poorly developed country where a high percentage of the population is dependent on agriculture for its livelihood. It is thus crucial for Nepal’s leaders and resource managers to draft and begin implementing national adaptation plans. This working paper aims to create a more comprehensive understanding of how these impacts will be realized at different scales in Nepal, from household livelihoods to national food security, and the many institutions governing the ultimate adaptation process. It concludes with potential solutions for how the country can overcome the many hurdles it faces in the adaptation process as it continues to develop.