During this last quarter of the project period, two major field oriented activities have been completed. The first activity is the climate change vulnerability assessment in the Nika Chhu and Kuri Chhu basins.
From these two basins, a total of 289 households representing four gewogs (Sephu, Tangsibji, Gangzur and Kurtoe) were interviewed. Prior to the field data collection, three series of meetings were held at different levels to create awareness on the importance of climate change vulnerability assessment for the development of strategies to improve the adaptive capacity of communities to climate impacts. As part of the field data collection, awareness on climate change was raised amongst more than 300 farmers.
The second activity was the rapid assessment and classification of Nika Chhu where a total of 32 main tributaries were assessed and grouped under different categories. Under Sephu gewog, of the 19 streams assessed, only two streams were categorized as critical by function (source of both drinking and irrigation water) and the rest were grouped under the normal category. Similarly, in Tangsibji gewog, 13 tributaries were assessed and of the 13, only one tributary was classified as pristine with the remaining streams categorized as normal. Detail reports for both the activities will be published by the end of December 2015.
Constraint and mitigation
The project managed to start only in the last quarter of the AHP project year 3. Therefore, to complete the two major activities, lots of field staff have to be trained and involved to complete the activities as per planned.
- Develop and publish detail Integrated Watershed Management Plans for Nika Chhu and Kuri Chhu basins.
- Capacity development of stakeholders on the implementation of the plans.
- Actual implementation of the plans.