The basic theme of the LCS came from a NSF funded research planning trip undertaken in Dec 2014 by an interdisciplinary team of UNM faculty (Dr. Alok K. Bohara, Dr. Mark Stone, and Dr. Joe Galewsky — economist, engineer, and climate scientist from UNM) and three graduate students. The UNM team joined forces with the collaborators from Nepal, India and China including Dr. Madhav Karki (formally with ICIMOD), Dr. Siddhartha Bajracharya of National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC), Dr. Rijan Kayastha of Kathmandu University (KU); Dr. Jonathan Wright (Tsinghua University, China), Dr. Hari Shrestha and Dr. Deepak Bhattarai of Nepal Engineering College (NEC), Dr. Yubaraj Bhusal (Government Staff College, former Finance Secretary), Dr. Biswo Poudel of KUSOM (KU) and many others from PNMF.
Joined by Dr. Siddhartha Bajracharya, the UNM team engaged in a wide range of discussions with various stakeholders in Kathmandu and across the Gandaki River Corridor. The team traveled to Jomsom, Kagbeni, Muktinath, Pokhara, Palpa, Bhairahawa, and Chitwan and landed in Kathmandu for a final reflection meeting.
This trip became the first step in the team’s long-term research goal to advance understanding of the linkages and feedback mechanisms between biophysical and broadly defined social factors that influence vulnerability and resilience to climate change across interacting spatial, temporal, and organizational scales.