Climate Change ResearchProgram Fees
The dramatic climate changes pose significant threats to the environment, economy and society and is thus one of the most urgent issues for research towards solutions” (Earthwatch Institute). VIN seeks experienced research volunteers to help make an impact on serious environmental issues facing Nepal today.
With an economy and population largely dependent on rainwater-fed agriculture and a dramatic geography rendering land prone to flooding Nepal is particularly vulnerable to climate change. Flash floods and glacial outburst remain the most significant events. Politically, Nepal is fragile. Having emerged from 10 years civil war in 2006, abolished the monarchy in 2008, the subsequent coalition governments have failed to write a constitution. While poverty reigns and funds are desperately needed to rebuild the economy and infrastructure, costly adaptations for climate change are not priority.
VIN’s overriding mission is the empowerment of marginalised rural communities, with a focus on those most marginalised; women and children. We have been working with Jitpurphedi Village Development Committee (VDC) since 2007 and have recently begun to implement our integrated development approach in Okhaldhunga district, in the Everest region. While our work is community-focused, our ambition of sustainability and drive towards independence for the communities cannot neglect climate and environmental concerns that are the responsibility of the nation.
VIN seeks experienced researchers to work to gather more data, exploring Nepal’s fragile ecosystems agains the backdrop of the Himalayas. With the support of VIN you will carry out research using various tools in different locations across Nepal, assessing the effect of climate change. As part of your work you will become involved in raising awareness and writing a report on your findings.
During your placement you will have the opportunity to live with Nepali families on a home-stay basis. This will allow you to become immersed in the language, culture and rich heritage of Nepal.Read moreApply now