Changing with the seasons: how Himalayan communities cope with climate change

This report by Chicu Lokgariwar, Peoples’ Science Institute presents the findings of a participatory study conducted in 2009 in the Bhagirathi and Pindar valleys of Uttarakhand to determine the effects of climate change that have the most impact on rural livelihoods. Mountain areas and communities are susceptible to climate change. This work also yielded evidence of the coping strategies developed by the communities to deal with an unprecedented and only partially understood threat. This paper describes these strategies and attempts to assess the vulnerability of the communities in each valley.

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