Defining the Requirements of an Information System for Climate Change Adaptation in the Mountain Communities of Dolakha, Nepal

A. Khezri (Corresponding Author), R.M. Bennett, J.A. Zevenbergen

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Abstract

Community-based Adaptation Programs (CAPs) that involve the participation of communities are being actively promoted in mountainous areas. These areas are climate sensitive and are often heavily influenced by landslides, floods, and drought. This research indicates that designers of adaptation programs seek to develop and implement CAPs based on international viewpoint and their obligations, but not community requirements. Such CAPs create uneven access to information resources for communities and do not implicitly reduce community vulnerability. In response, the research proposes the establishment of an Information System (IS) to support delivery of reliable climate adaptation services to mountain communities. This research uses Nepal as a case study that experiences a lack of effective adaptation programs due to its varied topography, prevalent climate-related disasters, and barriers in capacity building and institutional development. The results of the analyses indicate that the national level focuses on preparing adaptation action plans, whilst district levels and Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) focus on facilitating adaptation implementation for community and individuals. Additionally, the results reveal that an IS can enhance the design and implementation of CAP. Finally, the results are used to articulate prioritized services for an IS to assist communities who are in the greatest need of climate service delivery.
Original languageEnglish
Article number47
Number of pages16
JournalClimate
Volume6
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2018

Keywords

  • information system
  • information system requirements
  • community-based adaptation program
  • mountain communities
  • Climate Change
  • ITC-GOLD

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