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Acting on Adaptation in the Hydro-Electricity Sector

Hydro-electric source is the main contributor to the overall Nepal electricity generation mix. CDKN’s project on the Economic Impact Assessments of Climate Change in Nepal identified the hydro-electricity sector at risk from climate change impacts, and a significant lack of adaptation capacity within the sector. This has a direct impact on the country’s growth and poverty reduction potential.


The Project aims to achieve the following:

  • Develop an evidence base on the vulnerability of the hydro-electricity sector from the impacts of climate change to make a strong case for the climate compatible development benefits of adaptation actions.
  • Identify adaptation options for the hydro-electricity sector which are viable and which will improve the resilience and productivity of the sector for the benefit of Nepal’s growth and poverty reduction targets.
  • Understand and address institutional challenges to mainstreaming adaptation to the impacts of climate change in the hydro-electricity sector.
  • Make all decision-makers involved in the hydro-electricity understand and accept the need for adaptation action in the hydro-electricity sector.


In an effort to further explore linkages with the private sector as part of a CDKN Technical Assistance project, a well-attended mini-workshop on ‘Engaging the Private Sector in Adaptation to Climate Change in the Hydro-electricity Sector in Nepal’ was organised by the Nepal Development Research Institute (NDRI) and Practical Action Consulting (PAC) on 31 August 2015 in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Other Details

Start Date:03/01/2015
End Date:02/28/2017
Funded by:DFID, DGIS
Supplier(s):Global Climate Adaptation Partnership, Nepal Development Research Institute (NDRI), University of Massachusetts


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