Launch of Water Resources Development Strategy for the Kamala River Basin, Nepal (13 August 2021)
“First example of participatory water resources planning in Nepal”
The approach was developed in the Kamala River Basin, with a wide range of community representatives, NGOs, water users and 3 levels of government; the goal being to define the priorities for water-related challenges in the Kamala Basin, to improve the wellbeing of the population and the environment.
- 1st step was to develop a shared understanding of the Basin – its issues, its resources and its peoples. This is captured in the beautiful State of the Kamala River Basin, Nepal report.
- Using this knowledge, a water resources development strategy (as a precursor to more formal basin planning) was worked through and documented.
- 3 goals aimed at reducing risks and providing sustainable improvements were agreed:
- Sustainable management of the Chure, including reduced vulnerability to water-induced disasters
- Improved availability, use and allocation of basin water resources
- Growth of commercial and scientific agriculture.
Find out more in the launch press release
Media coverage links:
Water Resources Development For Kamala River Basin Launched, The Rising Nepal, 17/8/21
Water resources development strategy handed over to govt, The Himalayan, 14/8/21
Water Resources Development Strategy for Kamala River Basin launched, myRepública, 17/8/21
Facebook watch (video, in Nepali)