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Potential Impact of Climate Change on Ecosystem Services in Panchase Mountain Ecological Region, Nepal

Version 1 : Received: 27 August 2018 / Approved: 27 August 2018 / Online: 27 August 2018 (12:55:03 CEST)

How to cite: Adhikari, S.; Baral, H.; Chitale, V.S..; Nitschke, C.. Potential Impact of Climate Change on Ecosystem Services in Panchase Mountain Ecological Region, Nepal. Preprints 2018, 2018080460 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201808.0460.v1). Adhikari, S.; Baral, H.; Chitale, V.S..; Nitschke, C.. Potential Impact of Climate Change on Ecosystem Services in Panchase Mountain Ecological Region, Nepal. Preprints 2018, 2018080460 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201808.0460.v1).

Abstract

Ecosystem services (ES) are increasingly recognized as a means to adapt to the ongoing impact of climate change and associated impacts. However, these ES itself are facing adverse impact of climate change especially in developing countries where most of the people are dependent on these services for their livelihood. Very little is known about the relationship between the climate change and ES. Here we assess the impact of climate change on ecosystem services in ES rich landscape of Panchase Mountain Ecological Region of western Nepal. The study area was divided into three ecoregions from lowland through midland to the upland region. Focus group discussion, and key informant interview were used to elicit the required data for the study, which was further supported by transect walk, field observation and secondary source of information. Major impacts of climate change were observed are, reduced availability of water, reduced food production, forest ecosystem, shifting species composition in forest ecosystem, farmland abandonment, and their associated ecosystem services. We recommend to initiate the management actions to help ES adapt to climate change, and which in return could support the ecosystem itself and people dependent on the ES in adaptation to climate change by providing various goods and services.

Subject Areas

Climate Change; Ecosystem Services; Impact; adaptation; Nepal

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Comment 1
Received: 28 August 2018
Commenter: Edmond Sanganyado (Click to see Publons profile: )
The commenter has declared there is no conflict of interests.
Comment: Understanding impact of climate change on ecosystem services is important in development of adaptation strategies. The manuscript was well written and was easy to follow.

The authors may want to include details on the experimental approach for transparency and reproducibility purposes. For example, including interview questions and the questionnaire could have helped.
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