Vulnerability and adaptation to climate variability and water stress in Uttarakhand State, India

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Vulnerability and adaptation to climate variability and water stress in Uttarakhand State, India

AUTHORS: Ulka Kelkara, Kapil Kumar Narulab, Ved Prakash Sharmab, Usha Chandnab TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute)

PUBLISHED DATE

October 2011

RESOURCE

This paper presents a participatory approach to investigate vulnerability and adaptive capacity to climate variability and water stress in the Lakhwar watershed in Uttarakhand State, India. Highly water stressed microwatersheds were identified by modelling surface runoff, soil moisture development, lateral runoff, and groundwater recharge. The modelling results were shared with communities in two villages, and timeline exercises were carried out to allow them to trace past developments that have impacted their lives and livelihoods, and stimulate discussion about future changes and possible adaptation interventions.