Launch of Water Resources Development Strategy for the Kamala River Basin, Nepal (13 August 2021)

August 13th, 2021

Formal launch of the outcomes of 5-year Nepal-Australia collaboration in the Kamala River Basin on 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, myRepĂşblica, 17/8/21

Facebook watch (video, in Nepali)

 

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