Ecosystem based Adaptation (EbA) in mountain ecosystem in Nepal

What is the project about

A part of the Panchase forest, the area where the project is being piloted

The Ecosystem based Adaptation (EbA) Project for mountain Ecosystems is a global project being implemented in Nepal, Peru and Uganda, and aims to strengthen the capacity of these countries, which are particularly vulnerable to climate change impacts, in ecosystem based adaptation approaches. The project targets to strengthen the resiliency of ecosystems within these countries and reduce the vulnerability of local communities with particular emphasis on mountain ecosystems.

The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) (through its International Climate Initiative) and is jointly implemented by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). 

Nepal component of the project is designed on the premise that the social/human adaptation is best achieved by ensuring the continued provision of ecosystem services and enhancing human capacities to address current challenges and future uncertainties. This is especially true in the context of the mountain regions of Nepal where communities continue to be significantly dependent on ecosystem services for their livelihoods.

The pilot site for this project in Nepal is the Panchase area belonging to Kaski, Parbat and Syangja districts. This area was chosen due to its vulnerability to climate change impacts, with negative impacts on water resources, agriculture and biodiversity. The major climate risks in this area are from landslide hazards during the monsoon season.

What have we accomplished so far

We have conducted project inception workshop in central and field level.

Formation of FPCC (Field Level Project Coordination Committee) is in the final stage.

Studies have been conducted on

1.      Preliminary Identification of Essential and Desirable Ecosystem Services in the Panchase Area of Nepal

2.      Tools and Methodologies for Vulnerability Impacts Assessments in Nepal: Status, trends and applicability to EBA Practices in Panchase Region

3.      Ecosystem Based Adaptation in Mountain Ecosystems in Nepal: A Review and Compilation of Good Practices

4.      Socio economic baseline of the project site

We are in the process of finalizing Vulnerability Impact Assessment methodology and tools. Similarly, we are working with local partner to implement initial adaptation options in the field.

Who Finances it?

Amount contributed
Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), Germany
Total budget $3.37 million
The fund is chanelled through three sources

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)


United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)


International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)


Delivery in previous fiscal year





Project Overview
Project duration:
August 2012 to August 2015
Geographic coverage:
Panchase area of Nepal which spans across the Kaski, Parbat and Syanja districts in the western part of Nepal
Focus Area:
Environment and Energy
Implemented by:
Department of Forests (DoF) under Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation (MFSC) of the Government of Nepal
Coordinating agency:
Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology
UNDP's role:
Technical assistance
UNDP focal point:
Mr. Vijaya Singh
Environment, Energy and Disaster Reduction Unit
UNDP, UN House
Pulchowk, P.O. Box 107
Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel: 977-1-5523200
Fax: 977-1-5523991
Project focal point:
Ms. Moon Shrestha
National Project Coordinator
Tel: 977-1-4218458
Fax: 977-1- 4225553
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