Launch Workshop for the Project 'Reviving Springs and Providing Access to Solar Powered Irrigation Pumps (SPIP) through Community Based Water use Planning: Multiple Approaches to Solving Agricultural Water Problems in Mid Hills and Terai in Nepal and India'

As part of its Ganges Focal Region project, the CGIAR research programme on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) funded a two-year project titled ‘Reviving springs and providing access to solar powered irrigation pumps (SPIP) through community-based water use planning: Multiple approaches to solving agricultural water problems in mid hills and Terai in Nepal and India’.  The project is led by ICIMOD in partnership with Helvetas (Nepal), ACWADAM (India), Atom Solar (India), and researchers from George Washington University and Harvard University. The goal of this project is to ensure affordable and sustainable access to drinking and agricultural water in the mid hill and Terai regions of Nepal and the state of Uttarakhand in India. 

The first objective of the project is to revive drying springs by building a high level of understanding of localised spring hydrogeology; extensive mapping of all spring sources in the study areas; building a comprehensive understanding of the socioeconomic, policy, institutional and governance aspects of spring management; and making appropriate technical and policy interventions.  The second objective of the project is to promote solar powered irrigation pumps (SPIPs) as a climate resilient and poverty alleviation solution to tackle issues related to the water-food-energy nexus in the Terai region of Nepal. The project will pilot 25—30 small size SPIPs (500—1,500 watt peak) in one or two districts in the Terai and carry out high-quality impact evaluation studies. The third objective is to incorporate components of spring revival and SPIP into community led WUMPs, which is being implemented in Nepal by Helvetas and will also be piloted in Uttarakhand for the first time under this project.