Nepal Water Conservation Foundation (NWCF) in collaboration with Hans Siedel Stiftung (HSS), New Delhi office organized a three day Regional Conference on Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM)the Himalayan Region.
The conference was organized from December 6-8, 2018 in Kathmandu. The major event was a two day workshop followed by a Paani Satsang and field observation visit. The two days i.e. December 6-7, 2018 were allocated for the regional conference that was held at Hotel Himalaya. Altogether … papers/presentations were made. After conclusion of the presentations and discussion sessions, a session on Paani Satsang was organized inviting various stakeholders and activists who were not the part of the regional conference. On the day 3rd, a field observation trip to Dhulikhel Municipality area was organized. Altogether 59 dignitaries took part in the Conference. Proceeding report of the program is presented below:
The inaugural session started with Opening Remarks from Mr. Ngamindra Dahal,Chairperson, Nepal Water Conservation Foundation. Mr. Dahal spoke on the issues of climate and water nexus. Mr. Volker Lennart Plän, Resident Representative, HSS India gave welcome remarks. …In the inaugural address, H.E. Roland Schäfer, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Nepal ….
Dr. David James Molden, Director General, ICIMOD was the Guest Speaker in the program. Dr. David Molden from ICIMOD highlighted various work areas of ICIMOD on the Hindu Kush Himalayan basin, the major being the Koshi Basin. He also said that China occupies one third of the Koshi basin stressing that China should also be brought under the table of discussion. He also warned that there is a great danger of glacial lake outburst especially on the hydropower projects which are under construction in various parts of the region. He also displayed through pictures on how community based flood early warning system is working in the koshi basin areas. He particularly mentioned about the role women are playing in the community based flood early warning system. That is why he claimed that mountains are critical in water discussions.
In the key note speech, Dr. Sanjay Sharma, Secretary, Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation, Government of Nepal talked about the government action and preparation regarding climate action. One of the problems he discussed that water based dialogues is technocratic in nature. He stressed that water based dialogues should not only be technocratic in nature. Being social issues, various water based sociological issues should also be discussed. He also highlighted about the financial constraints that the government is facing regarding climate change mitigation and action. He also warned that if we do not have a proper irrigation system then the problem of agriculture will increase substantially. He also said in tuning with the other participants that proper flood early warning system between various countries are needed to minimize the damage caused by massive floods.