‘Water- induced Disasters Risk Management Planning in Nepal’ project is funded by International Development Research Center (IDRC), Canada for the period from December 2018 to February 2022. The overall objective of the project is to enhance the resilience of local communities with special focus on those left behind, such as children, women, elderly, people with disability and marginalized communities in order to improve their ability to cope with climate related disasters. Specific objectives are:
-Increase understanding of key drivers of WID and its linkages with climate change in order to assess varied vulnerabilities of target populations and identify suitable pilot locations for the action research;
-Improve preparedness and responses to WID through collaboration with national and sub-national bodies to develop WID plans and policies, and pilot WID and climate change adaptation initiatives;
-Enhance the capacity of government officials (provincial and local) to enable them to scale up and mainstream disaster risk management and climate change adaptation plans into development strategies, planning and implementation; and
-Increase awareness and capacity of local stakeholders, including academic institutions, to implement tools and strategies to increase communities’ climate and disaster resilience, and conduct research on WID- and climate change adaptation-related issues.
This is an action research based project implemented in East Rapti River basin that covers Makawanpur and Chitwan districts of Nepal.
Major activities include research, capacity building, research grant support for masters’ degree and Ph.D. students, op-eds and journal articles writing, publication and policy advocacy. Total budget is 554,400 CAD (NPR. 48,964,153).