Koshi Basin Programme Inaugural Partners’ Forum

17 Feb 2014, Patna, India


Contemporary environmental and socio-economic changes pose immense challenges to water resources management in the Koshi River Basin (covering parts of China, Nepal, and India) due to high spatial and temporal variation of resource endowment across boundaries, and upstream-downstream linkages (high degree of interrelationship among water uses and users). 

With the support from the Australian Government, ICIMOD and its key national and regional partners initiated the Koshi Basin Programme (KBP - Phase I) to contribute to inclusive poverty reduction in the Koshi Basin by evaluating the range of possible water-related development pathways through evidence-based decision making and basin-wide cooperation. The overall goal is to strengthen community resilience against climate change impacts and water induced hazards in the Koshi Basin. ICIMOD implements  this program in collaboration with Bihar State Disaster Management Authority (BSDMA), Patna, AN Sinha Institute of Social Sciences (ANSISS), Patna, National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), New Delhi, Institute of Economic Growth (IEG), New Delhi, International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Colombo, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia, and a number of other national and international organizations.

BSDMA and ICIMOD share a growing concern to improve disaster preparedness and risk reduction in the context of climate change impacts in the Himalayan river basins in general and Koshi River Basin in particular. Against this background, BSDMA and ICIMOD have collaborated to initiate a forum of ICIMOD partners and stakeholders to inform, improve, and guide the outcomes and outputs of Koshi Basin Program. Under the leadership of BSDMA, the partners and stakeholders of Koshi basin program will periodically meet and discuss existing knowledge and emerging issues in the Koshi Basin and support the program to deliver useful and usable outputs and outcomes.

At the one-day forum, the participants will seek to develop a shared understanding of water-related environment, livelihood, and disaster issues in the Koshi Basin. The one-day workshop will also discuss good practices that should be promoted to bring positive changes in the lives of people in the Koshi Basin apart from informing the Government policies.  The forum is also expected to provide an opportunity for KBP partners to use an ‘open spaces’ tool to discuss knowledge products that can create impact. The workshop will be followed by a field visit to the Koshi Basin areas of India and Nepal that is expected to elaborate an initial ‘snapshot’ of the water and disaster-related development landscape of the Basin.

For more information, please contact: 

Dr Shahriar Wahid
Coordinator, Koshi Basin Programme
International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
Email: swahid@icimod.org  

Local contact in Patna:

Mr Hari Krishna Nibanupudi
Senior Disaster Risk Reduction Specialist
International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
Email: hkrishna@icimod.org 
Phone: +91 756 988 7549

Organized by:

Bihar State Disaster Management Authority (BSDMA) and, International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)

Venue: A.N. Sinha Institute of Social Studies, Patna, Bihar, India