Enhancing Civil Society and Community Based Organization’s Engagement on Trans-boundary Water Issue in the West Rapti River Basin

The project titled “Enhancing Civic Society and Community Based Organization’s engagement on Transboundry Water Issues in the West Rapti River Basin” was a one year project that spans from (September 2016- August 2017) funded by The Asia Foundation (TAF). This project was implemented jointly by the Niti Foudation (Niti), Nepal Water Conservation Foundation (NWCF) from Nepal and Gorakhpur Environment Action Group (GEAG) from India in the West Rapti River basin (WRRB) around Nepal and India.  

 Activities carried out under the Project

  1. Conducted a deep dive Analysis of the West Rapti River Basin.
  2. Analytical documentation on the lived experience of water dependent local communities in the West Rapti river basin.
  3. Established West Rapti Working Group and enhanced its capacity to engage in transboundary water decision making process.
  4. Organized dialogues for informed regional policy processes on transboundary water management.
  5. Organized an Indo Nepal Civil Society dialogue on transboundary water governance with special reference to marginalized river basins.
  6. Organized a Pani Satsang on transboundary water governance. 

Scaling Up and Scaling Out Lessons from NWCF-ICIMOD Research on Springs, Recharge Ponds and Local Water Management in Mid-Hill Himalaya

An innovative project entitled “Springs, Storage Towers and Water Conservation: Exploring Decentralized Water Management Science for the Middle Hills of Nepal” was implemented in two pilot sites in Kavre district by NWCF in partnership with ICIMOD under its “Innovative Fund” from June 2013 to December 2014. This one and a half year-long field-based pilot action research on recharge ponds and springs gave us some important lessons on local water management in the mid-hill Himalaya. It helped us in answering basically two sets of questions related to furthering this down-to-earth program. These questions, if addressed appropriately, will have immediate positive impact on the lives and livelihoods of villages where water shortage is a concern serious enough to elicit push factors for mass outmigration and depopulation of mid-hills. The first concerns exploring ways and means to expand recharge pond construction or rehabilitation in both the VDCs where the pilots have been carried out as well as in the adjacent VDCs of the Dapcha-Kavre ridge where interests have been generated among people who have seen what happened in the current sites. The second concerns the kind of steps that may need to be taken up to expand this program to other ridges and water scarce areas of the larger Kosi basin.