Himalica aims to enhance resilience and to support adaptation by vulnerable mountain communities and ecosystems. It is one of three initiatives under ICIMOD’s Regional Programme on Adaptation to Change (RP1), and financed by European Union.
The expected results of Himalica programme are as follows:
Himalica programme activities are clustered around five components:
In line with Himalica’s ‘Framework Contract’, pilot projects are designed to capitalize on opportunities offered by the diversity and niche potential of mountain products/services and address vulnerabilities arising out of fragility and marginality. The pilot activities demonstrate ‘tested/proven’ techniques around three broad areas: improved management of natural resources (facilitating community-led micro-plans to ensure sustainable provision of raw materials), income diversification (adding value through upgrading products, processes, linkages, and diversification of products) and institutional strengthening (with focus on gender, social inclusion and governance).
In Himalica, six pilot projects are currently being implemented in five countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan.
The aim of the workshop is to build better understanding of on-going interventions related to climate change adaptation and livelihoods in Himalica pilot sites. The workshop provides opportunity to Himalica partners to present their 2016 progress and refine their 2017 action plans with support from the ICIMOD team. Both parties will work to keep these projects in line with the broader objectives of the Himalica programme.