ICIMOD at the 19th International RiverSymposium


Hosted by the International RiverFoundation, the 19th International Riversymposium, which is being held at Taj Palace in New Delhi, India from 12 to 14 September 2016,  brings together river managers, policy developers, scientists, consultants, students, NGOs, indigenous and community organisations and business and industry representatives from around the world to share their knowledge, learn from others and collaborate on innovative ideas to improve the sustainable management of river basins - all under an overarching theme of 'Great rivers of the world: Management for shared benefits’.

A team of ICIMOD professionals led by David Molden, Director General of ICIMOD, will be participating in the Riversymposium. ICIMOD will draw out the implications of major geobiophysical and socioeconomic changes taking place in the Hindu Kush Himalayans to water-food-energy security, sustainable development, livelihoods, and resilience and adaptation of people living in the region, both upstream and downstream. It will also discuss the future of Himalayan rivers, particularly the Indus, Ganges and Brahmaputra. ICIMOD will also have a booth to showcase ICIMOD resources such as publications, posters, and publicity materials on the theme of Himalayan glaciers, and rivers. 

Some of the events ICIMOD will be participating in at the Riversymposium are provided in the table below. 

If you have any queries, please write to Aditi Mukherji () or Ujol Sherchan (). 





Monday, 12 September



Location: Durbar

Keynote Address: ‘Changes in the Hindu Kush Himalayan Cryosphere (Glaciers) and What It Means for the Mountains and Downstream’

David Molden, Director General, ICIMOD will deliver a keynote to the Riversymposium Opening Plenary… More>>




Monday, 12 September

10:30 – 12:00

Location: Durbar

SPECIAL SESSION: Hindu-Kush Himalayas - The role of mountains in water security hosted by ICIMOD

This session will discuss the impacts of climate and other changes on glaciers, river flows and infrastructure like hydropower. It will also discuss how local communities are coping with and adapting to water related stress and its implications for upstream-downstream linkages... More>>


Monday, 12 September

15:30 – 17:00

Location: Mumtaz Mahal

SPECIAL SESSION: Advancing Hydropower Governance across Asia

Aditi Mukherji, ICIMOD, is one of the discussants in this session...





Tuesday, 13 September

This session runs in two consecutive timeslots from 9:00 – 12:00, with an invite-only lunch running through to 15:00

Location: Mumtaz Mahal

SPECIAL SESSION: Indus, Ganges and Brahmaputra: The future of Himalayan rivers

David Molden, ICIMOD and Jeremy Bird, IWMI will present on 'Sustainable Development and Management of the Great Himalayan Rivers' from upper basin and lower basin perspectives respectively.



Wednesday, 14 September

Session I: 10:30-12:00; Session II: 13:30 – 15:00

Location: Jehangir

SPECIAL WORKSHOP: Managing Drought and Water Scarcity: Do Key Principles Transcend Basins, Regions and Nations?

David Molden, ICIMOD, will present on whether South Asia and the Mekong Region are prepared for drought and water scarcity (10:50-11:05).

Aditi Mukherji, ICIMOD, will shed light on whether increasing community participation in water resources management will lead to a more sustainable future (14:15 – 14:30)...