Ecosystem based Adaptation (EbA) in mountain ecosystem in Nepal

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

Nepal’s national economy and people’s livelihoods largely depend on natural resources and ecosystems services. These are increasingly negatively influenced by the effects of climate change, including increased variability on water availability, extreme weather events and natural disasters. Drought, flood, glacial lake outburst floods, avalanches, landslides and forest fires are some climate related disasters that Nepal experiences. In response to this, the Government of Nepal’s National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA) and other national strategies and action plans have recognized that immediate actions are needed to minimize climate risks to society, economy and ecosystems. In line with NAPA and Government’s strategies, the Ecosystem based Adaptation Nepal (EbA) project aims to strengthen the resiliency of ecosystems within these countries and reduce the vulnerability of local communities with particular emphasis on mountain ecosystems...Read More

What have we accomplished so far

  • In 2015, EBA in Nepal promoted opportunities for diversified livelihoods opportunities that protect ecosystems; water and land conservation, including production of non-timber forest products (NTFP);
  • and ecotourism amongst the poor and vulnerable communities in the Panchase Mountain areas.    
  • EBA has renovated 11 conservation ponds and nine traditional water sources, benefiting 966 households and 4,955 people--enhancing ecosystem’s water recharge capacity and increasing water availability for drinking, as well as agriculture.
  • EBA has planted approximately 4,500 multiple-use plants and distributed more than 26,000 seedlings of NTFP and multiple-use species of various species, conserving 20 hectares of land to control soil erosion, while utilizing open area, promoting greenery, and controlling open grazing.
  • Land rehabilitation interventions such as gulley control, river bank conservation, river restoration and soil conservation through green belt establishment were carried out in 35 degraded and vulnerable sites of Panchase Mountains, conserving more than 50 hectares of land. This was aimed at reducing the vulnerability of local people suffering from climate-induced hazards such as landslides.
Project Overview


Project duration:
August 2012 to December 2015

Geographic Coverage:
Panchase Area of Nepal which spans across Kaski, Parbat and Syangja districts in the western part of Nepal

Focus Area:
Environment and Energy

Implementing Agency:
Department of Forests (DoF) under the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation (MoFSC) of the Government of Nepal

Implementing Partners:
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP), United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Supported by:
BMUB Germany (Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety)

Coordinating Agency:
Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (MoSTE)

UNDP’s role:
Technical Assistance

UNDP Focal Point:
Mr. Vijaya Singh
Assistant Country Director, UNDP
Pulchowk, Lalitpur
PO Box 107
Tel: (+977-1) 5523200 Ext. 1028
Fax: (+977-1) 5523991

Project Focal Point:
Mr Pragyajan Yalamber Rai
Interim Project Coordinator
Tel: (+977-1) 4218458
Fax: (+977-1) 4225553

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