A Memorandum of Understanding between the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Government of Nepal provides further support for water resources management in Nepal.
Australia, through its own water reform journey, has learnt many universally applicable water management lessons.
To apply this knowledge, CSIRO is working with organisations in Nepal that are responsible for their own water reform journey, building an evidence base to guide strategic investments in water resources development.
CSIRO, through SDIP, established the Nepal-Australia Joint Advisory Committee in Water Resources Management in 2016 with the intent of advising on capacity development activities and appropriate modelling scenarios.
The signing of this recent Memorandum of Understanding elevates the role of the Joint Advisory Committee in Water Resources Management to enable and oversee capacity building from a range of institutions undertaking joint Nepal-Australia activities.
Within SDIP, preliminary research and development by CSIRO has focussed on understanding the biophysical, cultural and policy environments of the Koshi watershed of Nepal, and supporting capacity development activities within the Government of Nepal.