HICAP donors visit research sites


Representatives from the Embassy of Norway in Nepal, and Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), made a one day visit to ICIMOD research site in JhiKhu Khola and Indrawati watershed area in Kavre District as a part of the HICAP review mission. WWF-Nepal, the HICAP implementing partner for the Koshi River Basin, and ICIMOD staff accompanied the review mission in the field. 

In addition to seeing HICAP activities in the field, the review mission interacted with local communities in Panchkhal and Sundar Danda areas. In Panchkhal, the mission observed various farm-based technologies like rainwater harvesting, black plastic biofertilizer, and conservation and water storage ponds. These simple and affordable technologies, supported by ICIMOD in an earlier project, helped communities adapt to various changes and particularly to increasing water scarcity. 

Representatives of WWF-Nepal highlighted ongoing activities to build the adaptation capacity of communities in the Indrawati sub-basin, as well as the significance of a partnership between WWF and ICIMOD. Within this partnership framework, ICIMOD’s strength in generating knowledge and evidence-based policy support is complimentary to WWF’s experience at the community level and vice-versa. The review mission also observed ongoing WWF-supported activities in Sundar Danda village, which include water harvesting pond and plastic house vegetable farming. The mission concluded with discussions with government officials from the district to enhance understanding of the issues from the government’s perspective.