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Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment in Snow Leopard Habitat: Gateway Communities in North Sikkim

This climate vulnerability assessment was conducted to understand the vulnerability of North Sikkim, India to climate change and development. The vulnerability assessment focused on North Sikkim, in the upper catchments of the Teesta Basin around the villages of Lachen and Lachung, which are also considered gateway communities to snow leopard habitat. This assessment will help to identify the drivers of vulnerability across these systems, prioritize the most vulnerable or resilient systems for action and propose initial actions to reduce their vulnerability or enhance their resilience to the impacts of climate change. This exercise was conducted as part of the WWF Conservation and Adaptation in Asia’s High Mountain Landscapes and Communities Project funded by USAID.