Activities 2018

Study on the conflict and benefit sharing of water resources in Marsyangdi river basin

Water with its dynamic use for the survival and development of the nation has always been marked by the numerous conflicts surrounding its competitive use, users and the trans-boundary issues. Among the various uses of water; livelihood, environment and economic development contradict each other significantly. Similarly, the issues of upstream and downstream conflict are evident one among the water users of the basin. From all these statements, it could be understood that water is also a stress multiplier, especially in poor nations like Nepal with water-dependent agro-economy and weak institutional and political capability. At the recent time Government of Nepal has encouraged the public and private sector to generate hydro-electricity for domestic use and export by issuing a demand-based license for hydro-electricity survey, generation and transmission through PPP model. This has lead to an increase in the pace of hydropower development in the country to meet the energy demand. While the hydropower generation brings along the fruits of development for the people and the nation it also brings the cost on the environment and society which gives rise to the disputes of a certain kind. Considering this context, the study on the “Conflict and Benefit Sharing of Water Resources in Marshyangdi River Basin” has analyzed different dimensions of conflicts surrounding water, it’s use and sharing of costs and benefits in Marshyangdi river basin.

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Assessment of the impact of urbanization on water availability in relation to climate change: A case study of Khairenitar, Tanahu

Under the core activities of JVS/GWP Nepal, assessment of the impact of the urbanization on water availability in relation to the climate change was carried out in Khairenitar; City observing bloom in its economic activities and population growth. This study aimed to generate the knowledge products that shall facilitate the process to manage the water supply schemes as per the demands in the near future. Urbanization is a noticeable phenomenon in the developing parts of the world, which is also evident in different parts of Nepal. The fact that water is finite resource is confused with the common resources resulting in the over-extraction, pollution, and poor management leading to the scarcity of water. This study carried out aimed to understand the urban development in Khairenitar from the perspective of drinking water facilities & water resource management. The field report shows that the application for the new tap has been increasing due to the increasing population. The households over there have experienced a reduced quantity of water with quality issues with progressive tariff rate. The different water management issues of Khairenitar STWSSP, include population growth, source depletion, insufficient staff, lack of treatment facilities, lack of source conservation and rehabilitation initiatives, etc.
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Assessment of the water-focused adaptation practices in Local Adaptation Plan for Action (LAPA) project sites of Rajpur Rural Municipality, Dang

Climate change has a direct and indirect impact at the global, national and local level. Almost 1.9 million people are at risk and more than 10 million people are vulnerable to climate change in Nepal. This necessitates acting relentlessly for adaptation and prevention of climate change impacts. Realizing these facts, the Government of Nepal has prepared the National Adaptation Program of Action (NAPA) in 2010 at the national level to tackle climate change impacts. National Adaptation Program of Action (NAPA) identified the impacts of climate change and measures to be taken in order to reduce climatic vulnerabilities in 2010. In line with NAPA, and to localize adaptation activities, a National Framework on Local Adaptation Plan of Action (LAPA) has been prepared in 2011 to implement adaptation actions at the local level. Altogether 100 LAPAs have been implemented. In regards to the LAPAs activities implemented in the VDCs, this study aimed to assess and document the water-focused adaptation taken in the Rajpur Rural Municipality of Dang which has been identified as the highly vulnerable area to the impacts of flood and water induced Stress.

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Research assistantship for students of Masters Level in water and climate change- field level study has been completed by three grantees

JVS has provided research grants to the students pursuing courses in M.Sc. Interdisciplinary Water Resources Management (iWRM) and Natural Resources Management (NRM) at Nepal Engineering College (NEC) Center for Postgraduate Studies. A memorandum of understanding between JVS and NEC was signed on 27 April 2017. This is a partial financial and technical support towards the students’ research work in the sector of water and climate change, which not only helps them to complete their thesis but also motivates them to go for quality research works. For the year 2018, three grantees Saroj Malakar, Dinesh Kumar Dongol and Binay Kharel were selected for the research grant. The research material has been published under research publication.

Dissemination Workshop on Core/ WACREP Activities of GWP Nepal

JVS/GWP Nepal organized Dissemination Workshop on Core / WACREP Activities on 28th of December at Hotel Annapurna. The workshop was organized with the objectives of
• Informing the participants about the different activities of GWP Nepal/JVS undertaken in 2017/18 & solicit their inputs
• Provide a platform for the young water professionals and students to interact with policymakers
• Inform participants about the formulation of water-related legislation

The program was conducted successfully with the participation from a broad range of stakeholders like academicians, researchers, young water professionals, and law & governance experts. During the dissemination workshop, research findings from JVS/ GWP Nepal was shared among the audience, in which “Study of the Conflicts in the Marsyangdi River Basin ” was presented by Ms. Monica Maharjan whereas the “Review of the Water Focused Adaptation Options of the LAPA implemented Rajpur Rural Municipality” was presented by Ms. Neha Basnet. The brief summary of the study and the conclusions draw the attention of the water professionals and also their constructive feedbacks were provided to improve the relevance and quality of the report.