The story of climate change has been hijacked by snow and ice. While climate change touches the lives of people all over the world, we tend to be carried away by the more glamorous ‘melting away of glaciers’ than the not-so-apparent but significant changes on the ground elsewhere. Shifting patterns of rainfall and extreme weather conditions have rendered the crops impaired and the farmers in limbo. Yet, farmers are adapting to the situation.
While mountains remain the hotspot of biodiversity and culture, they are also hotspots of climate change impact. It is in this context that research projects like Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme (HICAP) based out of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), try to get to long-term solutions with their research and knowledge.
“HICAP aims at linking climate science research knowledge with the experience of farmers and communities who are already facing the consequences of climate change. It helps them in sharing their direct experiences of dealing with the consequences of climate change, and also understanding the science behind the changes that they are seeing”, says Nand Kishore Agrawal, HICAP coordinator.
This video was made as a part of HICAP’s Regional Journalists’ Workshop held at Kathmandu from 4th-9th February 2013 in an effort to document the real-life impact of climate change experienced by the people in Dhulikhel region of district Kavre, Nepal.