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Workshop Proceedings, 2018

The Hindu Kush-Himalayan region is an important global freshwater resource. The hydrological regime of the region is vulnerable to climatic variations, especially precipitation and temperature. In our study, we modelled the impact of climate change on the water balance and hydrological regime of the snow dominated Kaligandaki Basin.

Workshop Proceedings, 2018

Current climate policies in Nepal and Bangladesh are influenced by various drivers such as unstable political situation, lack of financial support, influence of national and international non-governmental organisations and global policy frameworks.

Workshop Proceedings, 2018

Himalayas are called the ‘third pole’ of the world and are experiencing climate change at an unprecedented rate. Various form of extreme events like flash floods, landslides, glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs), are therefore frequently seen the Himalayan states of India. (SANDRP, 2013).

Workshop Proceedings, 2018

There exists an overwhelming amount of evidence that depicts human- induced climate change is taking place and it will continue to do so at rates unmatched in the recent history (Matocha et al., 2012) and that least developed countries are at the most susceptible to the risks associated with adverse climate change impacts (Parry, 2007).

Workshop Proceedings, 2018

Climate change is a phenomenon due to emissions of Green House Gases (GHGs) from fuel combustion, deforestation, urbanization and industrialization (Upreti, 1999) resulting variations in, temperature and precipitation, in which increasing temperature trend and rainfall variability is becoming obvious. It is a real threat to the lives in the world as it largely affects water resources, agriculture, coastal regions, freshwater habitats, vegetation and forests, melting of snow covers and increase occurrence of geological hazards such as landslide, desertification and floods, and has long-term effects on food security as well as in human health.

Workshop Proceedings, 2018

It is evident from IPCC report(IPCC 2014) that climate change is affecting human life on the earth from all the fronts; energy(especially hydro energy), resources (forests and rivers) and livelihood are getting affected. Indian Himalayan Region spread across 12 states (ENVIS Center on Himalayan Ecology GBPIHED n.d.) is also susceptible to climate change. In these Himalayan states, more than 65% of the area is under forest cover, and it acts as a primary source of income, livelihood for millions of locals and people staying downstream (INCAA 2010); but, this study will only focus on Uttarakhand.

Workshop Proceedings, 2018

The study ““Irrigation System Governance And Climate Change: Study Of Panchakanya Irrigation System To Understand Its Adaptive Capacity And Challenges” is conducted with an aim to highlight the perceived impacts of climate change in the study area i.e. Panchakanya Irrigation System (PIS), which is a Farmer managed irrigation system (FMIS) and assess the governance of the system in water resource management and assess the adaptive capacity to future climate impacts.

Workshop Proceedings, 2018

Climate change as defined by the IPCC is the “statistically significant variation in either the mean state of the climate or in its variability, persisting for an extended period (typically decades or longer)”. It leads to changes in precipitation, snow cover and cloud cover. These changes especially those relating to extreme climatic events have the ability to alter normal functioning of a community when a confluence between hazardous events and vulnerable social conditions takes place thereby resulting in a disaster.

Workshop Proceedings, 2018

Human-induced climate change has far reaching and complex impacts on water resources throughout the world. Such impacts through water are cross-sectoral, and are felt across inherently linked sectors of agriculture, energy, ecosystems, and human health. Future climate change or change in climate parameters, such as temperature, precipitation, humidity, evapotranspiration, etc., is said to result in an increase in vulnerability of society and the environment in its capacity to adapt to such a change. Observations by National Communications (NATCOM, 2004) state that a rise in temperature has already been observed in the Indian subcontinent.

Workshop Proceedings, 2018

Due to a projected increase in future temperature trends in the Hindu Kush Himalaya., accelerated melt rates of glaciers, coupled with increased temperature and increase in precipitation is expected to lead to extreme hydro-climatic situations.