Activities on 2011

Launching of New Local Water Parliaments (LWP)
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Activities Year: 2011

GWP Nepal/JVS launched new LWP Jog Mai and Gorkhe in VDC of Ilam district of Eastern Nepal. This approach of LWP initiated by GWP Nepal/JVS has encouraged and strengthened people’s interest in better management of the resources at the local level. With this, each VDC developed a detail inventory of water resources and maintained record of these resources in use – by whom, when and for what purposes, including volume of water use. The initiation of LWP has created an atmosphere of co-operation and understanding among the people in the development of comprehensive water use master plan for optimum utilization of water resources for the benefit of all.

Workshop on Water laws
Submitted by editor on Tue, 04/10/2012 – 10:49
Activities Year: 2011

Two consultants, Dr. Ravi Sharma Aryal and Dr. Dibya Ratna Kansakar were engaged to study National Water Resource and Groundwater Legislation in Nepal and produce two reports. The reports highlighted the existing legal framework in the country and the gaps that exist in this area and recommended a program of action to improve the existing legal regime. GWP Nepal/JVS organized Half-day Workshop on 29th December 2011, (14th Poush 2068) in The Himalayan Hotel, Lalitpur. The findings of the reports on “The law on ownership and Right to Water in Nepal” and “Regulation Common Pool Groundwater under Fugitive Surface Water Law: Limitations in Nepalese Laws and Regulations” were disseminated through workshop in presence of distinguished guests from different governmental and non-governmental organizations A lively discussion and interaction among the consultants and the participant lasted several hours. Some of the critical discrepancies in the law were pointed out.

It was realized that unless the Water Resources Act and the Kathmandu Valley Drinking Water Management Board Act are harmonized and the discrepancies such as the licensing and regulation of extraction of groundwater in Kathmandu valley are removed urgently the government programs would run into risk of its implementation.

Regional Council Meeting
Submitted by editor on Tue, 04/10/2012 – 10:47
Activities Year: 2011

GWP Nepal/JVS successfully organized the 17th Regional Council (RC), 5th General Assembly (GA) and Roundtable Dialogue on Hydropower Development- Benefit Sharing Experiences of GWP-SAS which was held at Hotel de l’ Annapurna, Kathmandu, Nepal from 29th – 30th November, 2011.

These events were organized to discuss thematic, technical and administrative matters of GWP-SAS and regional countries. Apart from administrative and technical agenda, the Regional Council introduced, for the first time, the concept of sharing benefits rather than sharing the resources in a transboundary river. Sharing of transboundary resources among or between the states shall result into a win-win situation for the riparian countries sharing the water courses. The concept of benefit sharing reduces the potential conflict. International examples on benefit sharing were also discussed and debated, and in-depth review of procedures involved in benefit sharing was also carried out.

Training in IWRM
Submitted by editor on Tue, 04/10/2012 – 10:46
Activities Year: 2011

A two day training on IWRM cum National Seminar on “Adaptation in climate change and river conservation for better livelihood and effective irrigation system in Tinau River”was organized from 21st – 23rd July, 2011 in Rupendehi district of Nepal. GWP Nepal/JVS and Nepal Engineers’ Association, Lumbini Regional Centre, Butwal jointly organized the programs. Mr. Som Nath Poudel, Vice-Chairperson; Mr. Surya Nath Upadhyay, Secretary General and Dr. Vijaya Shrestha, Executive Member of GWP Nepal/JVS actively participated the program.

This workshop which wasinaugurated by the then Defense Minister, Bishnu Poudel, elected from that area wasparticipated by wide range of stakeholders. Eleven research papers were presented by the researchers and stakeholders in the seminar. Tinau is one of the rivers in the western part of Nepal which is in dilapidated condition.

Sand and gravels are extracted haphazardly from the river. Its banks are being encroached by landless people. This training workshop was expected to raise the awareness on IWRM methodologies. The focus of the seminar was on the conservation and management of Tinau River.

Participation in the South Asian Regional Workshop on Climate Change, Water and Food Security
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Activities Year: 2011

Mr. Som Nath Poudel, Vice-Chairman, GWP Nepal/JVS, Dr. Keshav Prasad Sharma, Deputy Director General, Department of Hydrology and Meteorology and Mr. Shital Babu Regmee, Secretary, Ministry of Energy, Government of Nepal participated in the South Asian Regional Workshop on ‘Climate Change, Food and water Security: Identifying critical Issues and exploring co-operative strategies in an age of increased risk and uncertainty for South Asia’ organized by GWP and IWMI from 24th – 25th Feb, 2011 at Colombo in Sri Lanka. The participants shared the ideas, experiences and challenges of climate change on water and food security across the South Asian region including Nepal.

Book Launching on Climate Change
Submitted by editor on Tue, 04/10/2012 – 10:44
Activities Year: 2011

GWP Nepal/JVS published a book entitled Jalabayu Paribartan Ke, Kina ra Kasari (Climate Change What, Why and How?) in the national (Nepali) language. Mr. Ngamindra Dahal and Mr. Pradeep Bhattarai are the authors of the book. On 29th December, 2011, the book was launched by the Honorable Member and the Chief Whip of the Nepali Congress Party in the Parliament and the Constitutional Assembly of the Country.

Since the book is in the local language, it is addressed to general public. It tries to explain in simple terms the climate change phenomenon and its impact on the daily life of the people. There is a lot of enthusiasm in the country to know what Climate Change is and what it means to us globally and individually. In fact, people over the years have been adapting themselves with Climate Change. However, the pace of such change is increasing rather rapidly in recent years. Therefore, information on Climate Change is going to be received by the people very well. 50 copies of the book were sold on the day of its launching.