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Safe Grain Storage in Flood Prone Area

This technical brief describes methods and techniques that can be used to improve existing grain storage structures as well as to construct low cost water impermeable grain storage in flood prone areas. Existing grain storage structures used by the communities are often traditional and primitive,...

Building Flood Resilience through Farmers’ Field School

Farmers’ Field School (FFS) is a participatory and interactive group learning process based on ‘learning by doing’ approach of extension education. It combines theoretical approaches and practical skills and experiences to enable farmers learn, understand and use best practices and technologies...

Usefulness and Sustainability of Weather Boards and Knowledge Nodes in Karnali

Nepal Flood Resilience Project (NFRP), as part of the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance (ZFRA), has included knowledge node and weather advisory services through Practical Answers as one of the major components of resilience building of flood affected communities. Knowledge node refers to an...

Building Flood Resilience through Livelihood Diversification in Lower Karnali Basin

The people of the Karnali River Basin, which lies in Western Nepal in Kailali and Bardiya Districts, are affected by flooding every year. The monsoon flood results in loss of huge amount of property, resources and human lives. The flood of 2017 affected 134,804 in Bardiya and 15,435 people in...

The Role of Businesses in Community Recovery

Business play a vital role in supporting community recovery following a disaster and maintaining operations during an extreme event is fundamental to community resilience. Businesses that stay open or reopen quickly provide much needed services and employment, without which communities cannot...

Why Small Businesses Should Invest in Preparedness

Disasters can have profound impacts on businesses. 40% to 60% of small businesses fail to reopen after a disaster. For many businesses, potential impacts from disasters include direct physical impacts from extreme events as well as more indirect impacts such as staffing issues, supply chain...

Governance and community based responses to floods in poor peri-urban areas - the case of...

The dissertation examines how the governance for floods is configured at the national and municipal scales, in a context of weak state capacity. The dissertation addresses how urban flood management, community responses and resulting public services are produced, as well as the implications...

Promoting Local Vegetable Market in Karnali Flood Plains of Nepal

With an objective to improve flood resilience of vulnerable households and communities economically, Practical Action has promoted commercial vegetable farming and market linkage development in lower Karnali Basin. The developed intervention is executed in collaboration with related service...

Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change Adaptation and Environmental migration: A Policy Perspective

This paper presents IOM’s efforts to support vulnerable and mobile communities affected by environmental hazards through disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) activities conducive to sustainable development. IOM’s programmes around the world have demonstrated the...

Using the FRMC in Practice

This document provides detail on the conceptual framework behind the Flood Resilience Measurement for Community (FRMC) and explains how it is applied practically, including the software used. Over 110 communities in nine countries participated in the roll-out of the FRMC in the first five-year...

Characteristics of Transformational Adaptation in Climate-Land-Society Interactions

This paper addresses the question: What are the characteristics of transformational adaptation and development in the context of profound changes in land and climate? To explore this question, this paper contains four case studies: managing storm water runoff related to the conversion of rural...

Webinar: Stakeholder Participation for Resilience

The Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance and the Climate Information Services Research Initiative (CISRI) co-hosted a Webinar on the importance of and the challenges with including, involving and working alongside the communities and institutions who are affected by climate variability, change and...

Indoor Oyster Mushroom farming, a livelihood diversification option for flood affected families

Oyster mushroom farming is rapidly expanding in Nepal. Increased consciousness of its nutritional value and increased market demand is making mushroom cultivation one of the most sought businesses among the farming communities. Oyster mushroom is grown in substrate that comprises sterilized wheat...

Flood Adaptive Vegetable Nursery Technology

Flash flood triggered by incessant rainfall or river overflow damages nursery seedlings every year in flood plains of Nepal. A farmer has to bare huge loss in buying seeds and preparing the nursery again, not to mention after they face damage once, there is a chance that plantation is made in the...

Flood Adaptive Rice Cultivation Practice

Rice is the major food staple of Nepal and South Asia. However, compared to other rice producing countries, rice production in Nepal is quiet low as it suffers from different constraints of abiotic and biotic stresses, low or poor access to input, poor management, poor irrigation and lack of...

Bio-dyke, an environment friendly solution to protect river banks

Bio-dyke is a bio engineering measure to manage and control flood water movement such as redirecting flood run-off through the use of flood walls and flood gates. This technology for controlling riverine floods is useful when there is no immediate need of heavy engineering works or a community is...

Banana farming in flood deposited sandy soil

Sand deposition from flood makes soil unsuitable for growing other food crops due to very low nutrient availability, low water holding capacity and poor physical attributes. Thus more time and effort is required to completely restore the land into its original state after the sand deposition. As...

Community Initiatives for Sharing Flood Risk Information Across Border: Case Study from Ghagara...

Past several years, Practical Action has been working in Babai, West Rapti and Karnali River Basins of western lowland in Nepal and supporting local people and government stakeholders establish and institutionalize Flood Early Warning System (FEWS). Since these rivers of Nepal flow down towards...

Promoting Trans-border Early Warning System in South Asia: Practices, Challenges and Prospects

Floods spread across trans-border in South Asia. There exist early warning systems within the countries at national and community levels and some practices of exchanging flood information at cross-border level. However, on trans-border scale, systematic evaluation of such community based...

Trans-border Flood Early Warning System in South Asia: Practices, Challenges and Prospects

South Asia is a disaster hotspot zone with annual episodes of several hazards causing huge loss of lives and properties across the region. Among hazards, flood ranks the highest in terms of human casualties, loss and damage of property, and the number of households affected each year. Despite...

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