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Nepal has a rich geography, with tall mountains spanning its northern border. But behind this beauty, grave disaster risks lurk. Globally, it is ranked fourth, eleventh and thirtieth in terms of vulnerability to climate change, earthquake and flood risks respectively. Around 80% of Nepal’s population lives in rural areas and 70% of the population depends on subsistence agriculture which due climate change suffers high economic costs due to climate variability and extremes. Thus, even slight changes in climatic conditions can have a major impact on their lives and livelihoods.

Our goals

Addressing current and future risks requires a comprehensive resilience and preparedness programme which integrates anticipatory action, preparedness and responses into development programming—as well as a solid repository of disaster knowledge and trained human resources. While enhancing resilience of communities, it is equally important to improve living standards so that they can better adapt to changes in the environment. UNDP’s support is helping to mitigate and reduce the impact of these threats and provide the rural poor with clean renewable energy and climate resilient livelihoods. A key part of UNDP’s support across these areas aims at promoting pro-poor environmental management, risk reduction, and climate change adaptation at the national and local levels.