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Disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in Koshi River Basin, Nepal

Koshi River is one of the largest tributaries of the Ganges River System in South Asia. The research was carried out to assess the impacts of climate change on current and future development in the Koshi River Basin, due to increased variation of extreme climate and hydrological events, and to propose adaptation measures and policy innovations for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptations.
 
Objectives
(i) Advancing knowledge of climate related stressors on hydro-meteorology of Koshi River basin, (ii) Assessment of flood risks in the context of climate change incorporating socio-economic vulnerability, (iii) Revisiting the design values of proposed infrastructures including Koshi High Dam and existing barrages and embankments, (iv) Contributing to policy formulation process and (v) Awareness building and training of new generation of researchers on advanced technology and tools
 
Outcomes
  • Calibrated models to assess the impacts of climate change including events like floods and droughts.
  • Hazard vulnerability and risk maps for different types of flood events.
  • Policy recommendations at national and community levels for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptations (CCA).
  • Capacity building of young researchers and support to five Master’s level thesis research.
  • Publication of peer reviewed journal article based on the research methodology findings.
  • Dissemination of the research findings through workshops and stakeholders consultations.

Other Details

Start Date:06/01/2012
End Date:12/31/2013
Funded by:CDKN

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