Panoramic shot of a mountain village among rice fields in Nepal

Nepal

At a Glance

The Asia Regional Mission serves Burma, Laos, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.

Nepal is highly vulnerable to climate change and has already experienced changes in temperature and precipitation at a faster rate than the global average. Due to its geography, Nepal is exposed to a range of climate risks and water-related hazards triggered by rapid snow- and ice-melt in the mountains and torrential rainfall episodes in the foothills during the monsoon season. Millions of Nepalese are estimated to be at risk from the impacts of climate change including reductions in agricultural production, food insecurity, strained water resources, loss of forests and biodiversity, as well as damaged infrastructure. In Nepal, about half of greenhouse gas emissions come from the agriculture sector, followed by energy, land-use change and forestry, industrial processes, and waste.

    Climate Projections and Impacts

    Refer to the Climate Risk Profile (2017) for more information.

    Climate Projections

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    Increased Frequency/Intensity of Extreme Weather Events

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    Increase in Annual Precipitation; Increase in Consecutive Dry Days

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    Increased Temperature

    Key Climate Impact Areas

    Agriculture

    Ecosystems

    Infrastructure

    Human Health

    Water Resources

    Funding and Key Indicators

    Refer to metadata and sources for more details.


    USAID Regional Climate Change Funding (2020)

    Total

    $8.3 Million

    Adaptation

    $5 Million

    Clean Energy

    $3.3 Million

    GAIN Vulnerability

    Medium

    Population (2020)

    30.3 million

    Glacier-Dependent

    Yes

    GHG Emissions Growth

    7.06%

    % Forested Area

    25.4

    Climate Change Information

    Nepal Photo Gallery

    Stories from the Area

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    In July, Climatelinks explored the important health and climate impacts of air pollution. As the world’s largest environmental health risk, air pollution contributes to approximately 6.7 million premature deaths each year. This is a significant development challenge, as low and middle income countries are at the highest risk for the greatest health burdens from poor air quality.
    For decades, we’ve partnered with communities to strengthen resource rights and conserve forests and wildlife