Field visit to the Mustang District, 1 - 8 June 2014

The first field visit to the Mustang District, Nepal took place on 1-8th June 2014. A team consisting of researchers from the Imperial College London, Wageningen University, the Society of Hydrology and Meteorology of Nepal (SOHAM), the national Department and Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM) and Tribhuvan University Kathmandu, sat together with members of the Mustang District Development Committees (DDC) in Jomsom to understand the framework for the governance of and exisiting pressures on local ecosystem services. A follow-up programme involved interactions with members of the village of Lo Manthang in Upper Mustang. Water security for agriculture under climate change was perceived to be a main concern by the villagers as well as the administration, in addition to a decreasing workforce for agriculture as the younger generation seeks tourism-based employment outside their villages. Poverty, however, is partly-alleviated by tourism-based income and a high level of remittance. The visit marked the start of a detailed baseline study to be conducted throughout the year to identify opportunities for participatory knowledge generation to improve water resources governance in the district.

Stakeholders workshop with the Mustang District Development Committees

Informal meeting with the villagers of Lo Manthang