The Ramgarh Basin lies in the foothills of the Himalaya’s and is known as the fruit bowl of India. Climatic changes in the past 30 years have seen more frequent extreme weather events including severe droughts, flash flooding, hail storms and cloud-bursts that have resulted in lower yields. These weather events, alongside a general decrease in the total rain-days, are placing pressure on local water and agricultural systems.
Sustineo conducted a risk and vulnerability assessment of the region based on core climate data produced by Sustineo’s partner the Monsoon Asia Integrated Regional Study (MAIRS), and community perceptions. Through collaboration with MAIRS, the risk assessment identified key fragile systems and what climatic changes were likely to affect them.
With Sustineo’s facilitation, the stakeholder group and workshop team successfully produced risk and vulnerability assessments for the Basin. The majority of the workshop participants endorsed the climatic patterns indicated by the MAIRS’ climate projection. The workshop discussions revealed that the most vulnerable systems were the availability and supply of water for drinking and irrigation, road connectivity, community health, rural economy, and forest resources.
Our team’s ability to innovate new methods was core to the success of this work. For this project, our team reinterpreted the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network Process (ACCCRNP) approach developed by ICLEI: Local Government for Sustainability (ICLEI), providing not only important insights for affected communities but an expanded toolkit for APN’s work on rural climate resilience. Throughout the process, the Sustineo team effectively engaged with all local stakeholders and partners to conduct the workshops.