Abu Dhabi Dialogue-Small Grants Programme (ADD-SGP)

Background 

The Abu Dhabi Dialogue Group (ADD-G) is a partnership of senior members of government, academia and civil society from the seven countries that share the Rivers of the Greater Himalayas, namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Nepal, and Pakistan. The 10-year vision of the ADD-G is: “A cooperative and knowledge-based partnership of states (for) fairly managing and developing the Himalayan river systems to bring economic prosperity, peace and social harmony, and environmental sustainability from the source to the sea.”

Funds have been made available to ICIMOD for the administration of the Small Grants Programme (SGP) through the Abu Dhabi Dialogue-Small Grants Programme Project, one of the programmes of the South Asia Water Initiative (SAWI) of the World Bank supported by the donor partners of SAWI’s Multi Donor Trust Fund. Grants have been awarded to eight projects, with funding going to 16 institutions in the greater Himalayan region.

Objectives

The objectives of the Small Grants Programme are:

  • To facilitate the quest to increase knowledge about water resources systems and their uses within the realm of the Greater Himalayas, which are particularly under stress from climate change and other drivers of change, including those arising from population and economic growth; 
  • To facilitate collaboration among knowledge institutions from different countries sharing the rivers of the Greater Himalayas; and
  • To support knowledge institutions to work together in a collaborative manner.

The outcomes of the programme are expected to initiate new knowledge generation, expand current research activities across boundaries, and disseminate knowledge within the region.

Geographical Coverage

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Nepal and  Pakistan


Projects funded through the Small Grants Programme

Priority Area Project Title Funded Institutions Country Objectives of the project

Vulnerability, adaptation and impacts of climate change

Case studies of impacts of climate change on hydrological regime in Nepal, India and Afghanistan

Kathmandu University -Lead Institution


Sharda University- Partner Institution

Nepal

 

 

India

  • to find out the current status of the hydrological regime in the three sub-basins in Afghanistan, India and Nepal,
  • to develop methodologies based on appropriate glacio-hydrological models with positive degree-day and energy balance model for snow and ice, and
  • to use the models, after testing for their performance, to predict water availability in the years 2020 and 2030

Vulnerability, adaptation and impacts of climate change

Vulnerability assessment of meteorological flash floods in Poiqu/Bhotekoshi/Sunkoshi Watershed

Tribhuvan University - Lead Institution


Asian International Rivers Centre (AIRC)/ Yunnan University- Partner Institution

Nepal

 

 

China

  • to assess historical flash floods and their impacts,
  • to prepare inundation maps for the areas likely to be affected by the flash floods, and
  • to make recommendations for adaptation to the flash floods at local and national levels in the two countries

Integrated ecosystem and river basin management, including benefit   sharing

Climate Change Adaptation through Water Resource Management: Comparative Study between Yellow and Koshi River Basins

Peking University- Lead Institution

Tribhuvan University- Partner Institution

China

 

Nepal

  • to compare existing and on-going research projects identifying the impacts of climate change on water resources, in terms of data availability, climate variability, hydrological modeling, and socio-economic analysis,
  • to compare the characteristics of existing and planned national/basin adaptation strategies and derive innovative ideas for development and implementation of adaptation strategies, and, on the basis of the above comparisons,
  • to identify areas for strengthening collaborative activities for the two basins, and the two countries,  in promoting climate change adaptation at the basin level

Upstream-downstream impacts of water storage projects

Benefit sharing mechanism in storage project: lessons for region

Jalsrot Vikas Sanstha (JVS)- Lead Institution


South Asia Consortium for Interdisciplinary Water Resources Studies (SaciWATERs)- Partner Institution

Nepal

 

 

India

  • to analyze the benefits currently available to different stakeholders in the upstream and downstream communities in the study areas, and the activities those funds are put to use to, in relation to the financial resources that are made available to the communities from the operations of the hydropower plants,
  • to analyze the watershed management practices and their costs, especially concerning their impacts on the incremental benefits to the operations of the hydropower plants, based on appropriate methodologies for the valuation of ecosystem services, and
  • to suggest ways to craft and implement the benefit-sharing mechanism from the perspective of the rewards and compensation for sustainable environmental services, or PES (Payments for Ecosystem Services).

Upstream-downstream impacts of water storage projects

Addressing the Seasonal Water Scarcity in India Western Himalaya through Integrated Approach of Isotope Technique, Remote Sensing and GIS Application

G B Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development- Lead Institution


Institution for Development and Innovation (IDI)- Partner Institution

India

 

 

 

Nepal

  • to decipher the groundwater provenance, long-term recharge and its renewability for springs and streams falling in the study area,  using stable, radioactive isotope and artificial tracer technique,
  • to analyze the relationship among rainfall, hydrogeology, land use/land cover and topography with the hydrological response of the catchments, based on appropriate models
  • to assess the year round reliability of spring discharge to meet household water needs by using recession analysis of spring flow based on a water balance study,
  • to install groundwater recharge structures in the catchment area for enhancing the productivity of the fracture hard rock aquifer,
  • to bring out a set of good practices of participatory water resource conservation and management for wider application in the region, and
  • to demonstrate value additions of the activities carried out by the Small Grants Program award to the G.B. Pant Institute’s project, in terms of its long term linkages

Management of water for enhancing food security

Impact of Climate Change on Water Availability for Community Managed Irrigation Systems for Food Security

International Network on Participatory Irrigation Management (INPIM) - Lead Institution


Centre of Excellence in Water Resources Engineering (CEWRE)- Partner Institution

Nepal

 

 

 

Pakistan

  • to assess the impact of climate change on water resources availability in selected sub-basins and irrigation systems managed by the community in both the countries,
  • to assess the impact of climate change on food security in the region on the basis of sample sites in both the countries, and
  • to develop adaptation measures for enhancing the benefits of the positive impacts of climate change and reducing the losses due to its negative impacts.

Management of water for enhancing food security

The Impact of Climate Change on Water Stress Situations in the Yellow River Basin, China

Chinese National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (CNCID)-Lead Institution


National University of Science and Technology(NUST)- Partner Institution

China

 

 

 

Pakistan

  • to analyze  the impacts of climate change and land use and water use changes on water resources,
  • to formulate and analyze scenarios to evaluate various policy options for the development and management of water and related land resources, and
  • to determine optimal water management options for adaptation to the impact of climate change on future water stress situations

Management of water for enhancing food security

Assessing the economic impact of climate change on agriculture, water resources and food security and adaptation measures using seasonal and medium range of forecasts

Center for Environmental and Geographic Information Services, Bangladesh (CEGIS)-Lead Institution

Small Earth Nepal (SEN)-Partner Institution

Bangladesh

 

 

 

Nepal

  • to assess the impact of climate change on hydrological processes and regimes,
  • to develop and customize seasonal and medium range weather forecasting systems,
  • to create awareness and build capacity of the farmers to use seasonal and medium range weather forecasts for adaptation,
  • to evaluate the economic impact of climate change on crop production and food security, and to identify appropriate agricultural activities for adaptation, and
  • to disseminate knowledge and information to farmers, policymakers and the scientific community on the implications of the climate change response options to water availability and agriculture production.

Contact

International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development
GPO Box 3226, Khumaltar, Lalitpur, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel: 977-1-5003222/5003310
Fax: 977-1-5003277
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