Rural Support Programmes Network (RSPN), Pakistan

ICIMOD-RSPN: Support to Rural Livelihoods and Climate Change Adaptation In the Himalayas Programme (HIMALICA)

The lives of mountain people in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region are affected by climate change. The increased frequency and spell of extreme weather events including natural disasters have aggravated erosion and land degradation, and thereby led to decline in soil fertility and crop yield. Further, there is great uncertainty about the rate of change because of several drivers. On the other hand, the capacity of mountain people to deal with these growing stresses is limited. To address such situations, international and regional collaborative actions are required to narrow down the knowledge gap. In this respect institutional capacity needs to be developed and strengthened. Current links between poverty and environment are insufficiently addressed through policies at regional, national, and local levels. Interventions in the HKH region also need to consider possible downstream effects, given that currently there is little dialogue on upstream-downstream issues in transboundary and regional context. Overall efforts are needed to enable a consensus on the adoption of common policies at regional level to mitigate these impacts and agree on clear commitment to support the poor, especially the vulnerable communities.