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Adaptation and Resilience Building
Resilient Mountain Solutions (RMS) innovates and promotes tailor-made resilience-building solutions in response to climate and other changes in the HKH.
At a glance
Enhanced resilience and adaptive capacities of HKH communities through the research, piloting, and adoption of resilient solution packages, along with knowledge sharing and capacity building
Adaptation and Resilience Building
Nand Kishore Agrawal
RMS focuses on three strategic impact areas: poverty reduction, reduced physical and social vulnerability, and improved ecosystem services.
We test simple and affordable resilience-building tools and approaches that community members in rural parts of the HKH can replicate. Our cross-cutting approach ensures that our solutions are democratic, inclusive, and suited to the mountain context.
Outreach and upscaling are also essential to our approach; we target a wide range of stakeholders and seek to bridge the policy–practice divide. We train and network with governments, local institutions, and other stakeholders to ensure that these solutions are scaled up and scaled out to reach as many communities as possible.
(builds on the past work of HICAP and Himalica initiatives)
Enhanced capacities of national and local governments and regional institutions to plan and implement programmes that improve resilience to climate and other changes
Bhutan, Myanmar, and Nepal
Climate change and other environmental and socioeconomic drivers of change are testing the resilience of ecosystems and communities in the HKH. Read the flyer to learn about RMS's goals and interventions in the region.
RMS uses an integrated approach to sustainable mountain development, focusing on climate change adaptation, resilience, and preparedness for future risks.
News and features
We have a deep history of work across a broad range of issues enabling sustainable development in the complex environment of the HKH. We have been protecting the pulse for over three decades.
Mountains occupy 24% of the terrestrial surface of the earth. In this rugged and varied landscape, agriculture and its related practices are quite different from agriculture in the plains.
The resilient mountain village approach is an innovation arising from our recent experience in the Climate Smart Village pilot in Nepal.
Events around RMS
RMS works with partners in these four categories:
Implementing partners: Carrying out activities on the ground and promoting uptake of solutions at the national level and beyond
Strategic/policy partners: Engaging with government-supported national programmes, working with the media and knowledge centres to support regional engagement, and enhancing global outreach through engagement with multilateral processes and global think tanks
Private sector: Diversifying livelihood opportunities through business modalities and value chain development and promoting financial sustainability of project activities
Knowledge partners: Scientific and technical backstopping through action research, knowledge sharing, and policy engagement
You will find publications produced or related to this Initiative in HimalDoc, our publications repository. These resources include journal articles, books, book chapters, research reports, working papers, brochures, information sheets, and publicity materials, among other products.
We embrace diversity
Both internally and externally, our multicultural staff and partners are our greatest asset. They provide us with a broad perspective across disciplines and offer us localized knowledge like no other.
We raise awareness and disseminate knowledge on the effects of climate change and adaptation responses. Read about our work.