Integrating remote sensing, drone imagery, and local ecological knowledge to understand rangeland changes in Nepal

This study is the first attempt to assess changing spatial and temporal dynamics of rangeland ecosystems, and to identify the underlying drivers of such changes at national and local scales in Nepal. Three objectives of this study include: 1) assess spatial and temporal dynamics of rangelands, and the underlying causes of change at multiple scales; 2) examine changes in ecosystem service provision as a result of changes in the rangelands; and 3) document the consequences of rangeland changes on local livelihoods. The results of the project will allow decision-makers to build evidence-based policies and programs for sustainable rangelands management under climate change. It will support the development and implementation of the livestock-relevant sections of Nepal’s Local Adaption Program of Action (LAPA) under the National Adaptation Program of Action (NAPA). Finally, it will assist in preparing a rangeland policy implementation framework under the newly approved national rangeland policy. This project is funded by the National Geographic Society, USA.

Investigator (s): Dr. Uttam Babu Shrestha (Lead), Dr. Bharat Babu Shrestha, Dr. Sujata Shrestha, Dr. Hemant Raj Ojha.