Loss and Damage Case Study Fieldwork, Bhutan

Posted on 2018-10-05

Video with researcher Norbu Wangdi sharing early findings of the Bhutan case study of CDKN's Loss and Damage in Vulnerable Countries Initiative. The video was recorded during the fieldwork in June 2012

Focus: The impact of changing monsoon patterns on rice production Research area: Punakha District

Findings: In Punakha District, late onset of monsoon rains and lower total amounts of monsoon rain decrease the availability of water for paddy rice irrigation. Farmers try to adapt by changing water-sharing arrangements, intensifying irrigation channel maintenance, and by shifting from rice to lower-yielding, rain-fed crops. A small minority can afford to buy gasoline pumps. For 87% of the survey respondents (N=273), the measures are not enough and/or entail extra costs. In addition, some adaptation measures are reported to cause conflicts between households and villages.

Camera, interview and editing: Koen Kusters