Under the Koshi Basin Programme (KBP), ICIMOD and HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation Nepal have initiated a collaborative action research to develop Water Use Master Plans (WUMPs) from the beginning of 2014. This action research is piloted in Sindhupalchowk, Sindhuli and Saptari districts at the catchment level representing three ecological zones of the Koshi basin. A WUMP is based on the principles of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and seeks to improve access to water and ensure equitable distribution of water for improved livelihoods. It involves a participatory approach whereby local people prepare plans for water use for various purposes such as irrigation, drinking water and sanitation, agriculture and disaster reduction. The plans they develop are context-specific and based on their needs and priorities.
ICIMOD and HELVETAS will help them prepare master plans by providing scientific information, down scaled data and social mobilization. Once the communities prepare the plans, the team will also help them implement the project they have prioritized. The research is expected to cover more than 12,000 households from three districts of the Koshi basin. The lessons learnt will be documented and the concept will eventually be scaled up to the sub-basin and basin level through stakeholder dialogue between upstream and downstream VDCs. The broad aim of this action research is to strengthen the local stakeholders’ capacity so that they can get actively involved in the WUMP process right from the preparatory to implementation phase, and take ownership of the WUMP.
The objectives of the WUMPs Facilitation Training are to:
Over 40 participants representing all piloting sites of WUMPs will participate the training. This training is particularly targeted to the enumerators, NGO workers and VDC representatives who will be involved in data collection, resource inventory preparation and contribute directly to the WUMPs preparation and implementation. Relevant experts from HELVETAS and ICIMOD will facilitate the training.