Rural Livelihoods and Climate Change Adaptation in the Himalayas (HIMALICA)Lives of mountain people living in the Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH ) region are the worst hit by the effect of climate change. As a result, there is an increased frequency and duration of extreme climatic events, natural disasters, aggravating erosion, land degradation, with consequent decline in soil fertility and crop yields. Furthermore, there is great uncertainty about the rate of change. The capacity of mountain people to deal with these growing pressures is limited, with serious impact on poverty. To address this, international and regional collaborative action research is required to close the knowledge gap, where managing this knowledge is vital, in order to ensure that policy makers are kept well informed.
HIMALICA is a 22 months long programme financed by the European Union (EU) and practically implemented by ICIMOD and WWF in the HKH region of Pakistan. WWF will be responsible to conduct the action research for capacity building measures to foster awareness about financial literacy, flood preparedness, and livelihood diversification among the mountain communities of Hunza and Nagar, Pakistan.
ObjectivesHIMALICA aims to support poor and vulnerable mountain communities by undertaking action research in the Upper Indus Basin of Pakistan, with a focus on Hunza and Nagar districts in Gilgit-Baltistan in mitigating and adapting to climate change. This initiative will work to reduce poverty, increase the resilience of local communities, and ensure the fair and sustainable wellbeing of men and women in the HKH by building the capacity of local institutions, promoting new livelihood options, and encouraging regional cooperation in the promotion of equitable approaches to sustainable mountain development.
OutputThe expected outputs of the action research are:
- Increased awareness about the financial literacy, flood preparedness, and livelihood diversification among the migrant sending households.
- Increased adaptive capacities of women and men of migrant sending households in access to resources, social networks, flood preparedness, and livelihoods diversification.
- Improved level of awareness and realization about climate change, climate induced migration and role of migration in climate adaptation, role of remittances in supporting household level flood preparedness and flood resilient livelihoods among experimental communities.