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ADDRESSING  CLIMATE  CHANGE  ISSUES  IN  NEPAL   Views  of  a  Science  Prac<<oner  

Dinesh Raj  Bhuju   Resources  Himalaya  Founda<on  

______________________________________________________________________ Third High Mountain Workshop July 11-23, 2013 Huaraz, Peru


Loosing Social  Fabric    

Sangita, 24    

Originally from  Dolakha   Married  to  a  boy  from  Chisapani,   Ramechhap;  Walks  one  hour  to  fetch   water;  Life  is  difficult;  I  was  mis-­‐ informed,  but  we  are  not   commodities  to  be  returned  or   exchanged….  

Advancing Trees  in  the  High  Mountains    

The species limit has advanced from 3673m asl in 1958 to 3841m asl in 2007 with a total of 168 m upslope shift at the average rate of 34.29 m per decade. Ref. M Suwal, D Bhuju, KB Shrestha 2010 ___________________________ Upward shifting by 26.1 m per decade; Temperature (Mar-Aug) showing negative relation. Ref. NP Gaire & DR Bhuju 2011


The Collapse  of  CivilizaHon     Yucatan   n  Popula<on  30  million   n  Problems:    i)      Deforesta<on  for      agriculture  &    shelter    ii)    Climate  Change          (dry  years:  125-­‐250    and  AD,  760  AD)      iii)    Poli<cal  (1400    documents  only  in    apprecia<on  of  the                        rulers)   n 

Posted by Administrator Tuesday, 09 February 2010 By: Surendra Gaudel

The Rising Nepal Over 300 households displaced due to acute water shortage By Our Correspondent Sindhuli, May 28 More than 300 households of Charcharedada, Belghari Village Development Committee of Sindhuli have been displaced owing to the acute water shortage. According to the locals, the water sources at the district were dried up making their lives more complicated by each passing day. Most of the locals are making small huts at the bank of the Junga Khola and Jate Khola for the easy access of water.

Syangja: Dalits living in Lamdanda village of Arjunchaupari VDC-6 12 km away from the district headquarters are reeling under acute shortage of drinking water. Dalits are migrating to other places due to the shortage of drinking water in their village. VDC secretary Tek Bahadur Gurung informed that 10 dalit households in the village have migrated to other places due to the water shortage. He added that the displaced families have been living as squatters in Pokhara, Bhairahawa and Khaireni of Tanahun. Other locals of the village with the majority of Gurung and Gharti communities are also compelled to walk for an hour to fetch a pail of water. They complain of political leaders not fulfilling their commitments made at the time of election to solve their water woes. They blamed that the Water Supply and Sanitation Division Office Syangja has not paid heed towards their repeated requests to manage drinking water in the village. Source: Nepal Samacharpatra, February 2, 2010

issue three   NON-­‐COMPLAINCE  PRACTICE  

NAPA, the   much  talked   Document  

Ramechhap district:  19  VDCs   (out  of  55)  proclaimed  as  dry   areas;  no  good  rainfall  for  last   over  six  years  

issue four   GAP  OF  UNDERSTANDING  

Global warming   People’s  perception  

ISSUES Contrasting   Concerns    

VIEWS SUGGESTED   •     Scientists  to  know  people’s  concerns  

Feeble realization  


Include case  studies  in  education  


Strengthen mechanism  for  policy   implementation  


Non-­‐compliance •  practice   •   

Gap of   understanding  


 Communities  to  be  aware  of  change  

Maximize interface   Organize  common  forum  of  discussion   Combine  theory  with  practice  

Dhananjay Bhuju: Climate change issues Nepal ppt  

Slides for presentation given to High Mountains Adaptation Partnership in Huaraz, Peru on 13 July 2013.

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