Nepal is undergoing a period of transition and while it has faced myriad obstacles over the last 20 years, it has made significant development progress. Emerging after a decade-long conflict and two devastating earthquakes, Nepal now looks forward to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, implementing its newly promulgated Constitution and ensuring no one is left behind.
Translating climate priorities into results requires adequate and sustained financing. Green Climate Fund (GCF), established under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2010 enables countries like Nepal to implement mid and long-term climate change priorities.
KATHMANDU, 1 September 2017--- The National Planning Commission and the United Nations Country Teamin Nepal signed the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for 2018 -2022 at a special function today.
This report presents tools and methods of a vulnerability and impacts assessment (VIA) of both climatic and non-climatic changes on ecosystem services and community livelihoods in the Panchase Mountain Ecological Region (PMER). The assessment was conducted to develop the information and knowledge needed for human-centered adaptation strategies in order to develop a sustainable ecosystem management plan for the PMER and its surrounding areas. These types of strategies would reduce climate risks and enhance the resilience of local communities and ecosystems.
1. Housing and Human Settlements
The sector of housing and human settlements was affected the most. The total effects (damages and losses) are valued at NPR 350,379 million, with the total damages amounting to NPR 303,631 million and the total losses estimated at NPR 46,748 million.
This report is a joint product of the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MoAD), World Food Programme (WFP), and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) as part of the Nepal Food Security Monitoring System (NeKSAP).
MoAD and WFP would like to acknowledge the recent collaboration with CCAFS South Asia to strengthen early warning for better food security planning in Nepal, especially under the present and anticipated changing climatic conditions. The results of this collaboration are presented in this report.
Background Nepal is the 11th most earthquake-prone country in the world. Ever since the first recorded earthquake of 1255 AD that killed one-third of the population of the Kathmandu Valley and its King, Abhaya Malla, Nepal has experienced a major earthquake every few generations. The last great earthquake (of magnitude 8.4) in 1934 AD resulted in more than 10,000 deaths in the Kathmandu Valley. Most of the infrastructure and major heritage sites had to be rebuilt. There have since been earthquakes causing severe human and physical loss in 1980, 1988 and 2011.
A new report, released this week by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), IDS-Nepal, Global Climate Adaptation Partnership (GCAP) and Practical Action assesses how climate change will affect key economic sectors in Nepal, such as agriculture, water and energy. The report, Economic Impact Assessment of Climate Change for Key Sectors in Nepal was received by the Hon. Ms Radha Kumari Gyawali, Ministry of Energy, in a programme chaired by Dr. Krishna Chandra Paudel, Secretary, Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, on 28 April 2014.
The Government of Nepal and UNDP signed a new Country Programme Action Plan (2013-17) detailing UNDP’s engagement in Nepal for the next five years. The Plan focuses on efforts to reduce vulnerability of communities under threat from climate change and disaster and expanding energy access, while continuing its support for elections, constitution writing and income generating opportunities. During this period a budget of approximately USD 159 million will be used for implementing these programmes.
The Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, acting through the Department for International Development ("DFID"), and the European Union have agreed to provide a grant assistance of EURO 16.5 million (equivalent to NPR 1.8 billion) to the Government of Nepal for the implementation of the Nepal Climate Change Support Programme: Building Climate Resilience in Nepal. Out of the total grant assistance of EURO 16.5 million, the Government of the United Kingdom will provide EURO 7.9 million and the European Union (EU) will provide EURO 8.6 million.