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Communities Challenging Climate Change
(Case studies from Nepal : communitiesí understanding and adaptation for 
climate change)*
by Madan Koirala and Ranjana Bhatta

Published by the Community Radio Support Center (CRSC)/ Nepal Forum of 
Environmental Journalists (NEFEJ)
with Support from Free Voice (The Netherlands), 2010

Full publication available at 
http://www.nefej.org/pdf/climate_change_book_final.pdf

Abstract from the foreword, by Om Khadka

Climate change is a raging issue today. While Nepal, of course, has not 
contributed to the menace, it is a victim nonetheless. Reports have come 
up with instances of the farming communities facing adverse impact in 
Nepal too.
Unpredictable rain pattern and equally surprising rise and fall in 
temperatures have been reported. Of course, conclusive scientific 
evidence may still said to be missing. But that does not in any way rule 
out facing adverse impact.
Meanwhile there is a need to raise awareness among the general public by 
way of relating global warming and resultant climate change so that the 
concerned section of population grow aware on the issue and think of 
mitigating their lot.
But that can be possible only after they know the problems are real 
before they can be explained the solution in what could be a positive 
contribution towards mitigating efforts whereby communities combat 
climate change.

That incidentally was undertaken by Community Radio Support Center 
(CRSC) under Nepal Forum of Environmental Journalists (NEFEJ) under 
which it implemented five pilot project areas aimed at assessing the 
local impact of global warming by going back to communities. The aim of 
the project was to examine the outcome when community radio and local 
NGOs undertake joint actions to enhance understanding of the communities 
on complex issue like climate change and also adapt to the adverse 
impact. The studies conducted by five local Non-Governmental 
Organizations (NGOs) and equal number of community radio stations in the 
respective project areas come in the form of a
baseline on the local impact of global climate change and how best to 
cope with changing climatic conditions. The content which appear in this 
publication suggest that farming communities are feeling the adverse 
impact of climate change.

The importance of the publication lies in the fact that it will be of 
use to organizations working in the area of climate change and 
adaptation and policymakers alike. We are confident that it will be 
useful for researchers to base their studies on.