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Facing the facts: Ganga Basin's vulnerability to Climate Change

Posted on 09 April 2012  | 
Addressing Climate Change poses formidable challenges for governments and communities worldwide. Responses to these challenges are, however, limited by lack of information and understanding of the impacts of climate change on people and ecosystems. Vulnerability assessments of communities which are being impacted or likely to be impacted most by climate change can help fill this gap and provide information for the design of appropriate strategies and policies.

WWF-India, as part of its Living Ganga Programme, studied the climate vulnerability of people living in the Ganga basin. Supported by HSBC, this study covered the states of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh and identified the vulnerability of key sectors by assessing the exposure, sensitivity and adaptive capacity of an ecosystem to changing climate scenarios.

This report has helped us design adaptation strategies for most vulnerable communities and regions in the Central Ganges river basin. The adaptation pilots address issues related to water use management, irrigation efficiency, wetland management and biodiversity and sustainable agriculture. Even while adaptation pilots will take a while to show results, initial output from the field has been extremely encouraging, with communities sharing successes about productivity increase and soil health improvement.
Facing the facts: Ganga Basin's vulnerability to Climate Change
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