||The Himalayas are headwaters of some of the largest trans-boundary basins of planet that sustain one-fourth global population mainly dependent on subsistence agriculture in South and East Asia. Population growth and resultant land use intensification, rapid urbanization, economic globalization and consequent exploitation of natural resources and climate change have disrupted hydrological regime of Himalayan watersheds through reduced groundwater recharge, drying of natural springs and decreased stream discharge. This is likely to increase vulnerability of large population to food, livelihood and health insecurity both in mountains as well as in down-streams.
This Project will build micro level climate change resilience and adaptive capacity in the water sector through community based water management and governance using indigenous knowledge and traditional water management systems. The project will increase availability and equitable access to water both for domestic and agricultural use, and hence: (i) improve food and livelihood security; (ii) alleviate poverty (iii) improve sanitation, hygeine and health conditions benefiting particularly marginalized groups (women, children & poor); (iv) check out-migration of entrepreneuring youth-males; (v) decrease womens’ workload; and (vi) build community climate change resillence and adaptive capacity.