EGU General Assembly 2020
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Participatory mapping and collaborative action for inclusive and sustainable mountain landscape development in Far West Nepal

Prakash Khadka, Wei Liu, Binod Prasad Parajuli, and Uttam Pudasaini
Prakash Khadka et al.
  • Int. Inst. for Appl. Syst. Anal. (IIASA), Risk and Resilience Progam, Laxenburg, Austria (

Nepal is one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to the impacts of climate change due to its high-relief topography, heavy monsoon rainfall, and weak governance. Landslides are common across almost all Nepal’s vast Himalaya mountains, of which the Far Western region suffers most, and climate change, coupled with severe under-development is expected to exacerbate the situation. Deficiency in spatial data and information seriously hinder the design and effective implementation of development plans, especially in the least developed areas, such as Seti River Basin in Far Western Nepal, where landslides constantly devastate landscapes and communities. We adopted a participatory mapping process with emerging collaborative digital mapping techniques to tackle the problem of critical information gaps, especially spatial risk information at local levels which compromise efforts for sustainable landscape planning and uses in disaster prone regions. In short, participatory here refers to working with local stakeholders and collaborative refers to crowdsourced map information with citizens and professionals. Engaging a wide range of stakeholders and non-stakeholder citizens in this integrated mapping processes eventually structure human capital at local scales with skills and knowledge on maps and mapping techniques. Also, this approach increases spatial knowledge and their uses in development planning at the local level and eventually increases landscape resilience through improved information management. We will further discuss how this integrated approach may provide an effective link between planning, designing, and implementing development plans amid fast policy and environmental changes and implications for communities in the developing world, especially in the context of climate change and its cascading effects.

How to cite: Khadka, P., Liu, W., Parajuli, B. P., and Pudasaini, U.: Participatory mapping and collaborative action for inclusive and sustainable mountain landscape development in Far West Nepal, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-17907,, 2020


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  • CC1: Comment on EGU2020-17907, Joana Rodrigues, 04 May 2020

    Very interesting work!

    How did  you advertise and encourage citizen participation?

    Was there any step that included interaction between citizens and stakeholders?

    • AC1: Thanks!, Prakash Khadka, 05 May 2020

      Thanks, Joana for your comment.

      Community people are aware of making maps on paper representing community risk and resources which is facilitated by personnel of different development organizations in their places through the VCA process. Series of consultation meetings were held with the community to introduce the concept of participatory mapping and its benefits. Also, making them understand that the value of the maps the community draws during the VCA process which contains very useful information is far from being fully exploited.

      In our training session, the target participants were from government and non-government organizations and people from various communities.  All the participants were involved in five days training session with one and a half days in data collection, validation, and uploading things in an open platform.