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To enable and facilitate equitable and sustainable wellbeing of the people in the Hindu Kush Himaliyan region, WWF is implementing “Rural Livelihoods and Climate Change Adaptation in the Himalayas” project in Hunza and Nagar districts of Gilglit-Baltistan with financially support of the European Union. Keeping in view the socioeconomic condition and climate change challenges, the project aims to support the development of rural mountainous communities while simultaneously conserving the regional ecosystem assets and services.

Majority of the stakeholders in the region lack climate change awareness and role of migration as an effective adaptation strategy. Therefore, it is almost left unaddressed at policy level. To address this issue, field based action research will be conducted by WWF, which will help in formulating migration inclusive climate change adaptation policies and strategies in the future. The research will also help in flood preparedness and diversifying income streams of the locals. Ultimately, the projects intends to build the capacity of migrant sending households by leveraging the benefits of migration while mitigating the risks and conserving the nature. WWF has already started organizing awareness raising workshops and training sessions to sensitize relevant district, provincial, and national stakeholders. Local journalists and media groups are also actively involved and are given trainings on climate change adaptation and migration, which will later on help in creating awareness at a larger scale.