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Changing water regime and adaptation strategies in UpperMustang Valley of Upper Kaligandaki Basin in Nepal
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Citation of this paper:Prem Sagar Chapagain,Jagat K. Bhusal,2013.Changing water regime and adaptation strategies in UpperMustang Valley of Upper Kaligandaki Basin in Nepal.Sciences in Cold and Arid Regions,5(1):0133~0139.
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Prem Sagar Chapagain Central Department of Geography, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal ps.chapagain@gmail.com 
Jagat K. Bhusal Chairperson, The Society of Hydrologists and Meteorologists Nepal, Kathmandu, Nepal  
 
Abstract:Recent climate change has brought changes to the water regime that has affected the traditional agro-pastoral production systems and livelihoods in the Upper Kaligandaki Basin of the Nepal Himalayas. Based on fieldwork and available meteorological and hydrological data, this paper examines the changing water regime and various adaptation strategies that local farmers have adopted in this cold arid region. Increasing temperature and decreasing rainfall and snowfall have resulted in a negative water balance. In this scenario, farmers have implemented six major adaptive strategies in the trans-Himalayan Upper Mustang Valley.
keywords:Upper Kaligandaki  farming  livelihoods  climate change  water balance  adaptation strategies
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