Policy brief: Addressing climate change adaptation needs in the Hindu Kush Himalayas

Policy Brief / Strategy Brief

Policy brief: Addressing climate change adaptation needs in the Hindu Kush Himalayas

PUBLISHED DATE

March 2013

In the Hindu Kush-Himalayan (HKH) region identifying climate change adaptation
needs of the population requires focus on water, ecosystems and livelihoods as
interactive systems. The majority of populations in the region and its downstream
areas depend on water supply and ecosystem services that the mountains
provide. Both livelihoods and agriculture production are at risk from climate
change. Recent years’ changes in climate, land use, and population dynamics1
have exacerbated people and ecosystem vulnerability that needs to be assessed
and policies proposed to minimise them.