Mountain EVO

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Adaptive Governance of Mountain Ecosystem services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) enabled by Environmental Virtual Observatories (Mountain EVO)

PROJECT PARTNERS (LOCAL) :

Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM), District Development Committee (DDC), Mustang and UNESCO International Hydrological Programme-Nepal (IHP-Nepal)

TEAM LEADER:  Dr. Wouter  Buytaert, Imperial College, London, UK

STUDY AREA:  Mustang, Nepal (Chooser, Dhami, Kagbeni VDC)

PROJECT DURATION: 2014-2017 (Three years)

OFFICIAL LAUNCH DATE: November, 2013

PROGARAMME IMPLEMENTATION DATE: January, 2014

EXPECTED END DATE: March, 2017

INTRODUCTION

Mountain EVO project research programme is implemented in Peru, Kirgizstan, Ethiopia and Nepal. The project analyse how monitoring and knowledge generation of ESS in mountain regions can be improved, and used to support a process of adaptive, polycentric governance focused on poverty alleviation. For this, project blend cutting-edge concepts of adaptive governance with technological breakthroughs. The availability of cheap and robust sensors and communication technologies provides great opportunities for citizen science: bottom-up, user oriented data collection focused on local concerns. Later, the project takes citizen science to a next level, by integrating it in a broader framework of participatory data processing, knowledge generation and sharing. Thus, the project adopts the concept of Environmental Virtual Observatories (EVOs) and leverage it for poverty alleviation.

 

The project aim to analyse how EVOs can be used to generate knowledge and to alleviate poverty in four secluded and poor mountain regions.In each location, the project collects evidence on the local decision-making processes on ESS and their local socio-economic context. At the same time, project will develop a technology tool set to enable EVO development in each case. Subsequently, the results of both processes will be brought together to implement tailored EVOs to support citizen science and local knowledge generation.

EQUIPMENT INSTALLATION/MONITORING 

One of the activities of the research program is acquire site specific data on precipitation and stream flows; assess the hydro-meteorological characteristics of focused area. In this context, Mountain EVO Research program had installed meteorological and hydrological station in selected site in Mustang as a part of the research. (Please download for detail information on Equipment Installation and monitoring Sites )

PUBLICATION/OUTPUTS

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PARTICIPATION/PRESENTATION IN MEETING, WORKSHOP AND CONFERENCE

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 PROJECT INTERNAL MEETING/WORKSHOPS/FIELD VISIT

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USEFUL LINK: http://paramo.cc.ic.ac.uk/espa/