CEAPRED awarded for Climate Resilient Mountain Village Initiatives

The Center for Environmental and Agricultural Policy Research, Extension and Development (CEAPRED) received the Protsahan Puraskar (Encouragement Prize) for pilot project on Resilient Mountain Villages (RMV).

The Protsahan Puraskar, awarded as part of the Adaptation at Scale prize, by Ideas to Impact, a programme funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), recognises successful climate change adaptation initiatives in Nepal with a high potential for scaling up

The RMV approach is being implemented across four VDCs and one municipality of Kavre district in partnership with ICIMOD under the Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme (HICAP) being initiated by ICIMOD in the Hindukush Himalayan countries. In Kavre of Nepal, the pilot project works with 40 farmers’ groups, which include 1,089 households. Over 80% of the household representatives are women and many are from marginalized communities. It follows a dynamic and evolving learning mechanism based on field experience, as well as the latest research in the field of climate resilience.

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Mr Roshan Subedi receiving the token of appreciation and prize on behalf of CEAPRED (Photo courtesy: Roshan Subedi & Navin Subedi)

RMV, earlier referred to as the Climate Smart village, is an integrated approach to development in mountain areas that combines economic, social, and environmental dimensions of sustainable development with climate change adaptation, resilience, and preparedness for future risks.

At the prize giving ceremony held on 16 December 2016, the Hon’ble Minister for Population and Environment, Government of Nepal, Mr Jay Dev Joshi handed over a token of appreciation and a cash prize of GB £10,000 to CEAPRED. The prize amount will be used for up-scaling of the RMV initiatives.