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Climate change has varied impacts on diverse livelihood sectors, which is more prominent at the community level. The
stakeholders and local institutions have been supporting the communities either by building adaptive capacities and climate
resilience or minimizing the impacts through different adaptation interventions. Some of these interventions are effective,
whereas others need further dynamics and exertions considering the complexity of the climate risks and vulnerabilities. Hence,
consolidated efforts of concerned stakeholders are required to minimize the present and future climate impacts. This study digs
out and analyzes the perceptions of local stakeholders on climate change adaptation in Madi and Deukhuri valleys of Nepal
through a questionnaire survey. These local stakeholders revealed flood, drought, cold wave and riverbank erosion as the major
climatic risks and hazards found in the sites eventually impacting on the loss of agricultural production, loss of agricultural
land and properties, loss of livestock, the emergence of diseases and pest. The stakeholders believed that most of the farmers
dealing with these impacts were based on their traditional knowledge and practices, followed by with the support of NGOs and
with the help of neighbors and community. The major supports of the stakeholders to deal with these impacts are on training
and awareness, risk analysis and minimization, livelihood improvement, financial support, coordination and networking and
facilitation in policy formulation. The stakeholders perceived that capacity building, appropriate technologies, communitybased
planning, prioritization of poor and marginalized, community fund and community-based monitoring, and evaluation
were the most important supports required for the community, respectively.
1. Maharjan S K and Maharjan K L (2018) Roles and contributions of community seed banks in climate adaptation in Nepal.
Development in Practice 28(2):292???302.
2. Maharjan S K (2017) Riverbed farming as source of income, family nutrition and food security for landless and poor
farmers in Terai region of Nepal. Scientia Recerca: innovative Techniques in Agriculture 2(1):316???319.
3. Maharjan S K and Maharjan K L (2017) Indigenous peoples, indigenous knowledge and issues of indigenous peoples on
climate change particularly REDD+ in developing countries. International Journal of Applied Sciences and Biotechnology
4. Maharjan S K and Maharjan K L (2017) State of climate policies, plans/strategies and factors affecting its implementation in
Nepal. International Journal of Conservation Science 8(3):485-496.
5. Maharjan S K, Maharjan K L, Tiwari U and Sen N P (2017) Participatory vulnerability assessment of climate change
vulnerabilities and impacts in Madi Valley of Chitwan district, Nepal. Cogent Food and Agriculture 3(1).
Shree Kumar Maharjan is currently pursuing his PhD at the Graduate School of International Development and Cooperation, Hiroshima University, Japan. He has been studying and researching on the issues of climate change adaptation in agriculture, indigenous peoples’ rights, participatory approaches, community-based biodiversity management for almost a decade. He has published more than dozens of papers on these issues. His publication H-index is 3.