Ecosystems Protecting Infrastructure and Communities (EPIC)

Panchase Area of Nepal

Ecosystems Protecting Infrastructure and Communities (EPIC)

Ecosystems Protecting Infrastructure and Communities (EPIC) Project is implementing in Panchase Area of Western Nepal with support from Ministry for the Environment, Nature conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany (BMU).

Project Title: Ecosystems Protecting Infrastructure and Communities (EPIC)

Project Duration: 5 Years

Project Status : Starts on November 2012

Partners/ Collaborators (lead and others):
a) Pro act network – Lead
b) IUCN Nepal
c) IUCN ARO, Thailand

Main Objective: catalyze the management of ecosystems – and harness multiple ecosystem services – to protect vulnerable communities against risks associated with climate change and natural hazards.

Expected Results:
• Proven, demonstrable activities in vulnerable communities that contribute towards disaster risk reduction and increased resilience through improved environmental management of certain ecosystems, or components thereof. Special effort will be made to provide quantitative information on DRR results and economic value of ecosystem measures, to respond to the current lack of measurable information.
• Local and national stakeholders in pilot countries aware of the multiple benefits and potential of natural buffers, and risks and consequences of damaged environments.
• Capacity of selected national authorities built/strengthened in relation to the combination of DRR and ecosystem management, allowing the integration of this approach to DRR into relevant policies and plans
• Lessons learned and documented from an array of approaches and practices of what worked well – and what may not have been as effective as anticipated – in a range of situations and countries. Lessons learned will also be made available to community groups in the pilot areas.
• Replication of similar techniques being considered in national and regional DRR and climate adaptation strategies.
• Enhanced dialogue and interdisciplinary approach in eco-engineering.
• An on-line clearing house of good practices relating to eco-engineering, environmental management and DRR in relation to climate adaptation

Main Activities:
• Community oriented eco-engineering
• Eco-engineering /ecosystem research
• Awareness raising and knowledge sharing

Funding Source : BMU