Khumbu, Nepal: Local Adaptation Plan of Action (LAPA)
By Alton Byers and Shailendra Thakali
This report explains a plan of actions that Nepal’s Khumbu region can take to adapt to threats posed by climate change. This Local Adaptation Plan of Action (LAPA) was developed through work carried out by the High Mountains Adaptation Partnership (HiMAP), which is funded by USAID.
Communities living within mountainous regions such as Nepal are particularly vulnerable as temperatures rise, glaciers recede, new glacial lakes form and weather becomes less predictable. The Khombu region has extreme topography and is very remote.
This report explains a seven-step framework developed by the Nepalese government for carrying out a LAPA and how this was applied and tailored for Khombu. The process includes assessing climate vulnerabilities and prioritizing adaption options.
The Khumbu LAPA was based on community meetings and workshops and the results of field investigations by scientists. The report contains descriptions of the key methods, findings, results and materials used in these meetings.
Participants identified research and monitoring of glacial lakes and creating early warning systems for GLOFs as the top priority. A five-year implementation plan was developed, and prospective donors for each activity were identified.
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