Activities on 2017

Training workshop at the National Level on Adaptation Planning and NAPA/LAPA process

Nepal prepared National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA) in 2010 to identify, select and prioritize most urgent and immediate adaptation options to build adaptive capacity of the climate vulnerable people, their livelihood and ecosystems from climate change impacts. Nepal has also prepared a National Framework for Local Adaptation Plans for Action (LAPA) for implementing adaptation actions and integrating climate change into local to national development planning processes. Nepal is implementing LAPAs and NAPA as a prioritized adaptation option. On this backdrop, JVS/GWP Nepal organized a training workshop on “Climate change adaptation planning, NAPA/LAPA, and NAP process” on 24 July 2017. The training workshop was organized to orient participants on adaptation planning, NAPA, LAPA, and NAP process and to promote the integration of climate change adaptation into policies and plans of key economic sectors, sensitive to climate change.

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

JVS is conducting a study on the conflict and benefit sharing of water resources in Marsyangdi river basin. In this regard, JVS organized a consultative workshop in Beshishahar, Lamjung on 28th of August to collect information related to use of water resource in the Marsyangdi river basin area. The study shall analyze different dimensions of conflicts surrounding water, it’s use and sharing of costs and benefit. The study will also have a lens of benefit sharing while analyzing the upstream and downstream conflicts and hence, it is relevant for the future large dam projects. The objective of this study was to find out the dynamics of conflicts in Marshyangdi basin so as to inform the policymakers about the necessary action to resolve/avoid them. It also evaluated the cooperative relationship between developers and local communities in relation to benefit sharing.

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 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.

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

The field level information has been generated for the study of the impact of urbanization and climate change on water availability in Khairenitar, Tanahu. The proposed study aims to understand the urban development in Khairenitar from the perspective of drinking water facilities & water resource management. It will analyze the impacts of urbanization on water resources in terms of quality, quantity, and accessibility. This study also intends to promote awareness on the efficient uses of water, better planning and management practices and user ownership of population and environment linkages and associated issues. Policy-makers at the national level can utilize this awareness to analyze the broader issues of urbanization to formulate human settlement policies.

GWP Nepal/JVS partnered with Farmer Managed Irrigation Systems- (FMIS) Promotion Trust to organize Seventh International Seminar on “Irrigation in Local Adaptation and Resilience.

Farmer Managed Irrigation Systems (FMIS) Promotion Trust organized Seventh International Seminar on ‘Irrigation in Local Adaptation and Resilience’ on 11th and 12th of April, at Himalaya Hotel, Lalitpur, in support of the JVS/GWP. The main objective of the seminar was to provide a knowledge platform to learn, share and disseminate experience and information on local adaptation and resilience of the irrigation system. It also contributed to understanding the social, institutional, economic, financial and technical innovations in the resiliently managed adaptation of the irrigation system.

Thirty papers were presented and more than 150 participants from different countries attended the seminar. Mr. Somnath Poudel and Ms. Anju Air from JVS/GWP presented the paper entitled ‘Impact of the earthquake on water resources in selected earthquake hit areas’. Mr. Surya Nath Upadhyay (Secretary General of GWP Nepal) and Mr. Somnath Poudel (Vice-Chair, GWP Nepal) chaired the session with the themes of “Water-Energy Benefit Sharing” and “MUS: Challenges and Application”.

Study of earthquake impact on the water resources status in selected earthquake hit areas (2016-2017)

The occurrence of the notoriously devastating earthquake in 2015 is well known for the damage it brought in the lives and heritage of the country. The impact generated on the dynamics of the water resources is another subject that significantly affected the lives of many people. The rationale behind carrying out this study is to evaluate the visible impacts on water resources in earthquake-affected areas like Dapcha-Kashikhanda Municipality (Kavre-palanchowk district), Chandragiri, Dakshinkali Kirtipur Municipalities and Bagmati River (Kathmandu district). The studied water sources include stone spouts, rivers, ponds and springs in the study areas. The data collection process and the draft report preparation was completed in 2016 whereas the final detail report has been published.

Assessment of the impact of urbanization on water availability in relation to climate change: a case study of Khairenitar, Tanahu (2017-2018)

Khairenitar, a town and market center in Shuklagandaki Municipality in Tanahu District, is one of the rapidly urbanizing regions. The population is increasing due to urban migration owing to increased income, better employment opportunities, better education facilities & attractive living style. Economic activities are also growing with an increasing population. Like many other urban centers, Khairenitar also faces various challenges of development. The study aimed to understand the urban development in Khairenitar from the perspective of drinking water facilities & water resource management. It also aims to analyze the impacts of urbanization on water resources in terms of quality, quantity, and accessibility. Preliminary field study and data collection process have been completed by the end of this year whereas the finalized report is expected to be shared at the following year.