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“UNDERSTANDING CLIMATE CHANGE AND ROLE OF COMMUNITY FORESTRY GOVERNANCE IN CLIMATE ADAPTATION: CASES FROM UDIPUR, LAMJUNG”
Regan Sapkota, Kedar Rijal, Bimal Regmi

Last modified: 2017-09-10

Abstract


Climate change impacts everyone but the local community is considered more vulnerable to climate change due to their low adaptive capacity. In Nepal, many adaptation practices have been carried out to reduce its impacts by different institutions, Community forestry (CF) is one of them. CF in Nepal is considered as one of the successful institutions of Nepal and its good governance considered as the pillar of its success. Few types of research have been done to access the governance status of the CF but the role of CF governance in climate adaptation is rarely studied. Thus, this study is done in Udipur VDC of Lamjung district to access the climate trend, status of the governance and its role in adaptation practices and to find the major facilitating and constraining factors for climate adaptation. Primary data were collected via HHs survey, FGD, KII, and DHM data were also used. A total of 230 HHs survey, 7 FGD, and 10 KII were done. The study found that precipitation pattern in Udipur has been erratic whereas temperature is on increasing trend. Winter months are getting less cold and summer is getting hotter. Analysis of people’s perception found that local people of Udipur have good understandings of major parameters of climate change. Moreover, it was found that good governance had huge to play during climate adaptation process. Better the governance higher was the adaptation practices. In addition, five facilitating and eleven constraining factors found by this study will help to bring best out of adaptation activities.

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