Megan Dietz, Technical Writer
Adaptive Pathways to Climate Change: Livestock and Livelihoods Systems in Gandaki River Basin
- Trained colleagues from the NGO LI-BIRD on use of tracking and data systems
- Initiated steps for a community-relevant pastoral climate change prediction system
View of the valley in the Gandaki River Basin where pastoralists winter their herds. (Photo Credit: Lara Prihodko)
Unpredictable and persistent, climate change’s effects in Nepal present a major challenge for pastoralists struggling to adapt. Knowing what changes to expect in rainfall, drought patterns, and resulting forage growth can help Nepal’s pastoralists make the adjustments necessary to keep their herds healthy and productive. Working through a USDA minigrant for collaborative work, South Dakota University researcher Lara Prihodko traveled to Pokhara and Bhujung in the Gandaki River Basin of Nepal to conduct field work developing the pastoral prediction system as part of Adapting Pathways to Climate Change (APaCC). Through local training in protocols and technology to track herds and collecting vegetation and animal condition information, pastoralists can begin to have the community-relevant tools necessary to navigate climate change’s effects.