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Scoping study report on enhancing climate services for building livelihood resilience and risk reduction in Chitwan

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Chitwan district has been selected for the piloting of climate services at the local level for the tourism and agriculture sectors. Funded through UKAid, the project will be implemented over a two-year period that ends in March 2022. The project goal is to improve livelihood and enhance resilience of people in the tourism and agriculture sectors as a result of reduced risks and vulnerabilities with the use of climate information services. The targeted outcome are: Improved capacity of local institutions, tourism stakeholders, extension workers, and farmers to integrate climate information services into their decision making Establishment of a user-driven climate service information system and user interface platform for sustainable and resilient tourism and agricultural management practices To increase the climate resilience of various stakeholders, it is important to provide contextualized, relevant, tailored and timely information about weather and climate change across space and time. Risk communication and sharing of weather advisories and seasonal information in real time or periodically can make the tourism and agriculture sectors safe and resilient and help increase agricultural productivity. As part of the piloting, we made a scoping visit to Chitwan from 5 to 8 January 2020. This was the first step in the implementation process, and the goal was to understand the context and map out potential stakeholders in tourism and agriculture. The objectives of the visit were two-fold. The first was to gain a comprehensive understanding of user landscape – types of users; users’ needs, priority areas, awareness, and cultures; types of methods and services, and users’ ability to utilize these; and capacity building requirements. This was done through face-to-face bilateral meetings and stakeholder consultations. The second was to build partnership with local service agencies, stakeholders and users to secure collective ownership and active participation in implementing project activities. We used an exploratory and iterative process and a dynamic approach to gather sector-specific and localized climate information. Such a procedure allowed us to engage with diverse stakeholders, to understand and identify their needs and the potential to collaborate with them.


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  • Publisher Name:
    International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
  • Publisher Place:
    Kathmandu, Nepal