HANOI, VIETNAM – 28 February 2013: On 7-13 February 2013,  a week long working session was held in Chitwan District, Nepal to develop and refine the climate change vulnerability assessment methodology and tools to be applied to sector infrastructure.

Following  testing these tools will be adopted across government as a vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning method for integrating climate change in infrastructure development.

Participants in the workshop included representatives from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, Department of Local Infrastructure Development and Agricultural Roads, Department of Water Supply and Sewerage,  the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development, the Department of Water-Induced Disaster Prevention, the Department of Urban Development and Building, the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, the Department of Irrigation, and other government departments, as well as national experts, ICEM / METCON and APTEC personnel.

The specific Chitwan climate threat and sector profiles were discussed and a field trip conducted to review strategic sector infrastructure and infrastructure impacted by past extreme events.

The overall goal of the workshop was to create understanding of the international experience of climate change impacts and adaptation solutions in the focus infrastructure sectors and to refine a Nepal specific climate change vulnerability assessment methodology through an initial application of the method in Chitwan district. The group refined the Nepal specific climate change vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning methodology. This methodology will be written up in a vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning guidance that will be distributed to the core group to be used for sector vulnerability assessments in the district case studies.

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