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Towards characterizing the adaptive capacity of farmer-managed irrigation systems : learnings from Nepal

Show simple item record Thapa, Bhuwan Scott, Christopher Wester, Philippus Varady, Robert 2019-03-21T15:52:52Z 2019-03-21T15:52:52Z 2016-11
dc.identifier.citation Thapa, B. et al., Towards characterizing the adaptive capacity of farmer-managed irrigation systems : learnings form Nepal, Current Opinion in Environmental sustainability, 2016, 21: 37-44. en
dc.description This work was carried out by the Himalayan Adaptation, Water and Resilience (HI-AWARE) consortium under the Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) with financial support from the UK Government’s Department for International Development and the International Development Research Centre, Ottawa, Canada. This work was also partially supported by core funds of ICIMOD contributed by the governments of Afghanistan, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Norway, Pakistan, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. en
dc.description.abstract Small-scale irrigation systems managed by farmers are facing multiple challenges including competing water demand, climatic variability and change, and socioeconomic transformation. Though the relevant institutions for irrigation management have developed coping and adaptation mechanisms, the intensity and frequency of the changes have weakened their institutional adaptive capacity. Using case examples mostly from Nepal, this paper studies the interconnections between seven key dimensions of adaptive capacity: the five capitals (human, financial, natural, social, and physical), governance, and learning. Long-term adaptation requires harnessing the synergies and tradeoffs between generic adaptive capacity that fosters broader development goals and specific adaptive capacity that strengthens climate-risk management. Measuring and addressing the interrelations among the seven adaptive-capacity dimensions aids in strengthening the long term sustainability of farmer-managed irrigation systems. en
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dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Elsevier Ltd., Science Direct, Current opinion on environmental sustainability en
dc.subject IRRIGATION en
dc.subject CAPACITY en
dc.subject AGRICULTURE en
dc.subject CLIMATE CHANGE en
dc.subject ADAPTATION en
dc.subject BASINS en
dc.subject NEPAL en
dc.subject PHILIPPINES en
dc.subject THAILAND en
dc.subject CAMBODIA en
dc.title Towards characterizing the adaptive capacity of farmer-managed irrigation systems : learnings from Nepal en
dc.type Journal Article (peer-reviewed) en
idrc.project.number 107641
idrc.project.title Himalayan Adaptation, Water and Resilience (HI-AWARE) en
idrc.copyright.oapermissionsource This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license ( en
idrc.dspace.access Open Access en
idrc.rims.adhocgroup IDRC SUPPORTED en
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