Mountain people already live in a fragile landscape. Their marginalization makes them even more sensitive to environmental degradation. Practices in farming and grazing that enabled people to thrive in the past may not continue to be effective as ecosystems degrade, population dynamics shift and a rapidly changing world puts pressure on communities.
Supporting mountain people in adapting to rapid and unpredictable change is an important area of work for IT4 NEPAL. Researching and piloting programs on high value tourism projects, innovative livelihood options and rural area & society generation strategies lie at the heart of efforts to help the people of the Hindu Kush Himalayas cope with the effects of socioeconomic and environmental change.
Reducing poverty and improving the environment must be linked together if the livelihoods of mountain people are to be sustainable for the future.