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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.