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Many communities in Nepal rely on forests and subsistence agriculture for food and income, and ecosystems for water supplies and protection from disasters. That dependence is threatened by increasing climate variability and longer-term change. Already, farming and water supplies are affected in many areas, and more extreme rainfall events are exacerbating flood and landslide risk.
The USAID/Nepal-funded Hariyo Ban (Green Forests) Program is using an integrated approach to address the multi-faceted challenges climate change poses to livelihoods and biodiversity. The February 15th Adaptation Community Meeting will feature Judy Oglethorpe, former Chief of Party for Hariyo Ban, who will share the importance of working at multiple scales (from community to landscapes) as well as within various political and ecological spheres to achieve positive adaptation outcomes.
Ms. Oglethorpe will share lessons learned from the program that range from the importance of empowering the most vulnerable people to ensure they participate and benefit, to restoring ecological connectivity along climate gradients, and promoting upstream-downstream collaboration in water catchments to avoid maladaptation. Integrating disaster risk reduction with climate adaptation is essential, and mainstreaming adaptation into local government planning helps ensure long-term support beyond project timeframes. Flexible adaptation funding enables support across disciplines to meet highest priority needs.
**Judy Oglethorpe was Chief of Party for the first phase of the Hariyo Ban (Green Forests) Program in World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Nepal
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