ICIMOD celebrates World Water Day


To mark World Water Day 2014, ICIMOD took part in a week-long programme organized by Small Earth Nepal in collaboration with the Water and Energy Commission of Nepal and other partners. 

Speaking at the opening ceremony on 17 March 2014, Dr David Molden, Director General of ICIMOD, said water and energy are important topics for mountain people. “Water is the main issue in mountains as it is a provider of food. There is also a need for sustainable hydropower; and there are challenges and transboundary issues.” 

Over the week, several articles were published in the print and online media including a feature story called “Don’t forget the mountains: solutions to pressing issues must recognize mountains’ integral role in the water-energy-food nexus” by Dr Aditi Mukherji, Theme Leader of Water and Air, ICIMOD (see http://myrepublica.com/portal/index.php?action=news_details&news_id=71393). ICIMOD also participated in a one-day seminar and exhibition on Water and Energy organized by the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST).  The exhibition highlighted the water-energy-food nexus, including hydropower, irrigation, and farming technology in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region.

On 22 March, Dr Santosh Nepal gave a presentation on “Impact of climate change on water availability and implications for hydropower development” at the National Workshop on Climate, Water and Energy Nexus – Identifying Gaps and Synergizing Knowledge. In his presentation, Dr Nepal said that although temperature and precipitation are likely to increase in Nepal by the end of the century, hydrological models suggest that water availability will not change in the sub-basins of the Koshi River in Nepal up to 2050 because of increases in precipitation and snow melt. Dr Nepal highlighted the potential for hydropower development in the Koshi Basin and the need for a basin-wide plan to maximize this potential.

On 23 March 2014, Dr Arun B Shrestha, Regional Programme Manager, River Basins, and Senior Climate Change Specialist, gave a presentation at the Weather Café organized by Small Earth Nepal and the Department of Meteorology at Trichandra Campus, Tribhuvan University. Dr Shrestha also participated as keynote speaker at the session 'Climate Change Impact on Water Availability' at the Water Summit in Pakistan on 20 March organized by the Pakistan Planning Commission, Ministry of Planning and others. 

On 27 March, an interaction was held with Nepal’s Constituent Assembly members on water and energy. Dr Arun B Shrestha and Dr Santosh Nepal were present at the interaction, which was organized to share research findings and highlight policy gaps on water and energy to ensure that these issues are addressed in the new constitution.

The week-long programme ended on 27 March.