13th August 2014

Mr. Jeeban Panthi, Research Coordinator at The Small Earth Nepal (SEN), recently participated and provided expertise feedback in a workshop organized at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) – Delhi. The workshop was a part of the Exeter University and UK Met Office led European Union funded collaborative research project called ‘High End Climate Impact and Extremes (HELIX). It was organized among the researchers and scientists working in climate change areas from South Asia. The objective of the project was to assess the impacts of climate change and develop adaptation strategies with different scenarios of climate projections: average change in 2, 4 and 6°C of the temperature compared to the baseline. HELIX shall address the future situation by providing a clear, coherent, internally-consistent view of a small, manageable number of future worlds under those high levels of global warming.  Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia are the focus regions for the project. More than 70 experts working in different sectors of climate change: water, agriculture, livelihood, gender, policy were participated to the workshop. Project leader Prof. Richard Betts from the UK Met Office and Exeter University, UK presented the overall objective of the project for setting the tone. Different thematic panel discussions were organized to highlight and prioritize the regional issues and adaptation needs.

Mr. Panthi shared some of his experiences working in climate and water sectors in Nepal, particularly the validity of the regional climate model (RCMs) especially in high mountain regions. Also, the HELIX team was offered to organize a side event for refining the research project concept from mountain perspective during the International Conference on Climate Change Innovation and Resilience for Sustainable Livelihood next year in Kathmandu, Nepal. Mr. Panthi is one of the members of the stakeholder committee of the project representing Nepal and the proposed conference.IMG_9598