In a confluence of events, climate change-related floods are occurring at the same historical moment that motorable roads and telephone connections, as well as new governance modes, are arriving in Buddhist societies in Nepal and Bhutan. The project analyses environmental perceptions and decision-making at this crucial moment of change.
Based on case studies in Nepal and Bhutan, HimalConnect explores the questions:
- How have the villagers managed their environment and responded to natural disasters in the past, and what strategies do they use at present
- How does the introduction of new roads and communication technology, as well as discourses on global climate influence how they perceive and manage their environment?
- How can local knowledge about environmental threats, such as floods caused by melting glaciers, be scaled out and made relevant for environmental decision makers on different levels?