This World Water Day 2016, Join the ICIMOD Knowledge Forum on 'Water and Jobs'


'How drinking water transformed Dhulikhel into a prosperous municipality' - Bel Prasad Shrestha Former Mayor of Dhulikhel

Bel Prasad Shrestha, the visionary former mayor of Dhulikhel, is largely credited with transforming this  once sleepy town into a vibrant and thriving hub of healthcare, education, and tourism and hospitality service providers. At the ICMIOD Knowledge Forum, he will talk about how he mobilized people and resources to bring drinking water to Dhulikhel from a source 14 km away with support from GIZ, donations from locals, and municipal funds. Today, the Dhulikhel Drinking Water Users Committee is an exemplar of how users can manage utilities at an urban scale. He established the first public toilet in Dhulikhel, thus raising awareness about health and sanitation and the potential to turn human waste to biogas and fertilizer. He opened Dhulikhel’s first hotel in 1969, thus paving the way for its evolution as a resort town, which now has about 50 hotels. Hospitals and educational institutions, including Kathmandu University, followed. All of this was possible because of the participatory drinking water project he initiated that today supplies ‘purified’ drinking water to  80% of Dhulikhel’s population.

Shrestha holds a BSc in civil engineering from the USA. He also sits on the Board of Trustees of Kathmandu University and is Chair of Dhulikhel Hospital. He is also Chair of Sun ‘n’ Snow Pvt. Ltd. 

‘PPP Model in Hydropower Development for Revitalizing the Nepali Economy’ - Damber Nepali, former Managing Director of Chilime Hydropower Company Ltd and former CEO of Mailung Khola Hydropower  Company Ltd

Damber Nepali, who pioneered the public private partnership (PPP) model for hydropower development in Nepal, will talk about the importance of generating hydropower by mobilizing financial resources and technical manpower domestically for the benefit of the country as a whole, including communities from project sites. He will recount opportunities and challenges in hydropower development from Chilime and Mailung Khola using the PPP model. He will also elaborate on the pros and cons of foreign direct investment in hydropower development. Nepal has a comparative advantage in hydropower, and its judicious development is key to revitalizing Nepal’s industries and economy. However, political stability and law and order are prerequisites.

Nepali’s early childhood was one of struggle: he lost his father when he was six months old, and his mother settled in another home when he was one-and-a-half years old. He was raised and educated in Parokpkar Anathalaya, an orphanage. He studied hard and topped the national level SLC examination in 1968. He holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering, a Master’s in Hydrology from Roorkee, India; and a PhD in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University, USA. His areas of expertise are hydrology, sedimentology, and hydropower development. 

Welcome by David Molden, Director General, ICIMOD3:00 - 3:10 PM
Presentation by Bel Prashad Shrestha3:10 - 3:35 PM
Presentation by Damber Nepali3:35 - 4:00 PM
Panel discussion moderated by Arun Bhakta Shrestha, Regional Programme Manager, River Basins, ICIMOD4:00 - 4:25 PM
Vote of thanks4:25-4:30 PM
Refreshments 4:30 onwards

This event is free and open to the public. 

For inquiry, please contact Sudas Sharma at or +977-1-5003222 ext. 130.