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Part of our Adaptation at Scale prize in Nepal, the Protsahan Prize aims to recognise successful climate change adaptation initiatives, and reward innovative plans to expand them (scale-up).

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We were seeking existing community driven projects that are already achieving positive results, but who want to scale-up their success to reach more people and larger areas in Nepal. Applicants needed to present a plan showing how they can expand their success by using new and innovative ways of working. The ideas had to be new, and not be part of any existing plan.


The Protsahan Prize was awarded to 15 winners in December 2016. They all recognised successful initiatives that have supported adaptation to climate change among the poorest and most vulnerable groups in Nepal, and rewarded innovative plans to expand them (scale-up).

Below is the list of winners:


ANSAB Nepal has been able to introduce successfully Ecosystem based Commercial Agriculture in Wai and Bandhu VDCs of Bajura district of Nepal. It has been successful to introduce climate smart agriculture by eco-system based commercial agriculture (ECA) and green business model for food and nutrition security through Solar pump irrigation, development of irrigation system, organic cultivation and pest management, introduction of drought resistant crop varieties in the one of the most remote climate change vulnerable area of Nepal.

Care Nepal

Care Nepal has been successful to demonstrate the use of Payment for Ecosystem and Community Resilience in the Lamjung district of Nepal. It has introduced Payment for sedimentation retention and conducted capacity building trainings in the same area. This all has reduced landslides, river side cutting, siltation of water bottlenecks and drying up of springs. Care Nepal has been able to give support in preparation of LAPA and implementation with leverage of resources. It has been also successful toestablish PES basket fund and has also initiated water resource management, Disaster risk reduction and conserving biodiversity in the targeted areas.            

Centre for Environmental and Agricultural Policy Research, Extension and Development (CEAPRED Nepal)

CEAPRED Nepal has been successful to create a model of mountain resilient village in Kavrepalanchowk district of Nepal. It has been able to bring Climate smart villages adopting the climate smart technologies and approaches which were focused on water, energy and farming systems with water smart, soil nutrient smart, crop smart, knowledge smart, energy smart and future smart in four targeted VDCs.

Centre for Rural Technology Nepal (CRT/N)

CRT/N has been successful in introducing Hydraulic ram pump as an efficient and effective water pumping technology, plastic tunnel farming practices, construction of reservoir tanks, integration of sprinkler and micro-irrigation tanks, drip irrigation and capacity building trainings in areas of water management and livelihood in Dhunkharka VDC, Balthali VDC and Sankhu VDC of Kavrepalanchowk and Lalitpur districts of Nepal.

Community Development and Advocacy Forum (CDAF) Nepal

CDAF Nepal is following promotion of "SAVE THE WATER" slogan focusing on water resource management activities namely control of flash flood in Ratu River, landslide control, flood cutting, plantation, development of irrigation scheme such as underground irrigation canal and bio-engineering, construction of different recharge ponds and IGA activities such as vegetable cum fish farming with the leverage and matching of funds from the wider stakeholders in Mahotari and Dhanusha districts of Nepal.

Dalit Welfare Organization (DWO)

DWO has been successful in bringing adaptation practices in the field of Soil conservation and agriculture based income generation in climate change vulnerable areas. It has put in place soil erosion control measures on riverine area, construction of artificial wetlands, plantation, construction of water mills, promotion of IGAs in Dalit and Badi communities, communal farming of fishery and potato cultivation, capacity building on improved agricultural practices for the transformation from the subsistence to commercial farming of vegetables, mango, banana and lemon as well as riverside farming in Sani Veri riverside of Garayala VDC of Rukum district of Nepal.

Human Development and Environment Concern Society Nepal (HuDECS Nepal)

HuDECS Nepal has been successful in LAPA formation throughout all the VDCs of Mustang district of Nepal and implementation of the LAPAs with leverage of funds from the wider stakeholders and community participation. It has been able to mobilize the communities in stone wall construction to prevent from flood, tunnel farming targeting to poor, Dalits (untouchables) and women in the target areas.  It has been instrumental in the design and identification of vulnerability map, assessment of adaptation measures, prioritization, budgeting and implementation mechanism, capacity building on climate change adaptation and mainstreaming it, increasing adaptive capacity to disaster risk reduction.

Ithaka Institute for Climate Financing (IICF)

IICF has been able in building sustainable Village Economies through Biochar based Organic Fertilization in Afforestation and 'Fair trade carbon farming' off-sets in Climate Change Adaptation Initiative in Tanahu district of Nepal.  It has been successful in restoring ecosystem by developing forest gardens, plantations, protection of water resources, production of biochar based organic fertilizer, organic pesticides through leaf fermentation and recovery of organic nutrients from the urine of goat and cow. Besides communities have been facilitated in recycling of plastic and kitchen waste and organizing international agro-tourism business in the targeted areas.

Machhapuchhare Development Organization (MDO)

MDO has been successful in Promotion of Improved Cooking Stove (ICS) and plantation of NTFPs for IGA and landslide control, soil conservation activities, Plastic Tunnel Farming and IGA, Promotion of Village tourism with home stay, Local water resources and ponds conservation in targeted villages of Kaski, Syanja and Parbat districts of Nepal.

Manahari Development Institute (MDI) Nepal

MDI Nepal has used Ecosystem based Agriculture as an adaptation practice in its target areas. Drip and lift irrigation system, construction of water harvesting ponds, agro-forestry and shifting cultivation, SALT, Slash and burn agriculture are some of the practices in use. A success story from the sale of broom grass, provide alternative source of energy, diversification of agricultural and agro-forestry systems and promote the use of local resources. It has worked in Makwanpur and Kalikot district of Nepal.

Mutual Support Center (Aapasi Sahayog Kendra)

Mutual Support Center has utilized Eco- system based Adaptation for Livelihood (EBA4LIPNS) in Aarukharka, Bhatkhola, Bangefadke, Bansing Deuralivillages of Syanja district of Nepal. Under this approach it has used IPNS Farmer school, reuse of kitchen water, cattle shed improvement with improved urine, manure pit and improved manure, plantation of broom grass and fodder for controlling soil erosion and IGA, conservation of water ponds and sources, improved cooking stove, awareness on EBA tools, promotion of Akabare khursani, mushroom cultivation in the targeted areas.

Namsaling Community Development Center (NCDC)

NCDC has introduced water management interventions such as solar water lifting pump and installed to assist Dalit, Janajati, single women, disabled and elderly people. The ground water reservoir tank, roughing filter, transmission and distribution pipes, distribution tanks, tap stand post, pump house design, water ditch, electro mechanical components, electromechanical protection and earthing were built according to the technical requirements with the leverage of funds from DDC and VDC and clearing the legal issues and earned commitment from the land owners together with cash and kind support in Ilam district of Nepal.

National Disaster Risk Reduction Center (NDRRC)

NDRRC has been successful in adapting climate Change through linking upstream communities of Arghakhanchiand Kapilvastudistricts of Nepal. Construction and conservation of ponds and wells, establishment of metereological station at school, SALT Technology, Seed bank and introduction of climate smart cover crops and zero tillage practice in the targeted areas has been its practices.               

Practical Action South Asia Regional Office

Practical Action has been successful to mobilize communities in working in the field of landslide and soil erosion control along the Bahulaha khola, Installation of shallow tube wells, rehabilitation of irrigation channels, introduction of new and improved crops for the transformation in agriculture as IGAs for the marginalized Bote community, livestock health camps, training of VAHW, wetland with raised and strengthened dam which provides home for certain wildlife, longer water availability and serves as potential tourist destination in addition to environmental services inKirtipur, Gaidi, Kadampur, Boteto and Keureni in the Devchuli Municipality of Nawalparasi district of Nepal.

Youth Acting for Change Nepal (YAC- Nepal)

YAC-Nepal has followed the concept of Strengthening Communities for Climate Change Resilience. It has been in practice of awareness building, use of draught resistant crops, waste water collection and expansion of mulching and workshop in climate finance in Bhajani Trishakti Municipality ward numbers 4,5,6,7,8 of Kailali district of Nepal for climate change adaptation.

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