A Virginia Tech program is analyzing how climate change in Nepal affects the distribution of invasive species, livelihoods of smallholder farmers, and food and land availability.

People in Nepal, especially in rural communities, are dependent on natural resources, and a significant portion of the country’s economy relies on climate-sensitive industries, such as ecotourism. Rich biodiversity and a fluctuating topography also make Nepal a model for studying the effects of climate change on different types of land.