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Government of Nepal

Ministry of Environment

Meeting the knowledge requirements for adaptation in Nepal:
The Ministry of Environment¶s climate change knowledge management initiatives
Mr. Purushottam Ghimire
Joint Secretary, Ministry of Environment National Project Director, NAPA Project Government of Nepal Focal Person for UNFCCC & UNEP
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Building Capacity to Respond to Climate Change in South Asia 29-30 June 2010 Kathmandu, Nepal

Expanded NAPA Process in Nepal
Component 1 Component 2 Component 3

Preparation of the NAPA

Development and maintenance of a CC knowledge management and learning platform

Developmentof a multi-stakeholder framework of action for CC in Nepal

NAPA Project Highlights/K.Gyanendra

How do we see the Ministry¶s role in climate change knowledge management? Convener: provides a platform
for different stakeholders to come together

Catalyst: supports generation
of innovative ideas & actions

Enabler: builds capacities of
communities and institutions

The Situation 

Adaptation is knowledge intensive ± we need to mobilize knowledge from various disciplines and sectors Many ongoing knowledge generation and dissemination activities in Nepal but they are not coordinated and outputs are not available in one central location (both physical & online) 

No platform to link all information sources, people, and organizations working on climate change 

Our response
Knowledge management components

Knowledge Generation
Climate change hazard & vulnerability assessments in six themes Supporting the next generation of climate change researchers

Coordination & management
Provide one online platform for knowledge providers Facilitate establishment of centralized physical repository of information (climate
change knowledge management center to be hosted by Nepal Academy of Science and Technology)

Dissemination & Interpretation
Capacity building for knowledge intermediaries (national & regional media training) Capacity building for climate change negotiators and line ministry climate change focal points

Portal Features

Portal Features

Portal Features


MoE is forming a Climate Change Knowledge Partnership whose members will be the primary content providers to the portal The Climate Change Knowledge Partnership is a network of organizations that are working on generating, disseminating, and applying climate change knowledge We want this network to be open and inclusive The Knowledge Partners will be given rights to upload and independently manage their contents in the portal

How does it fit into the NAPA?   

Knowledge management helps build institutional capacities to ensure swift NAPA follow up Preserve memory of the NAPA process and make it available for related planning processes Facilitate monitoring and evaluation of adaptation interventions and investments

Long-term benefits 

Centralized information system Improve access to information for policymakers, researchers and stakeholders Strengthen climate change communities of practice Enhance collaboration amongst various people & organizations who are implementing climate change initiatives Improve tracking of ³who is doing what´ in climate change field


The Ministry of Environment would like to acknowledge the support of our development partners to the expanded NAPA process in Nepal, including support to climate change knowledge management initiatives


For comments or more information, please contact:
Mr. Purushottam Ghimire Ministry of Environment Singha Durbar, Kathmandu NEPAL Phone: +977 1 4211586 Email:

If you are interested in joining the Knowledge Partnership, please email