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The Koshi Basin Initiative (KBI) at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) works with partners to increase understanding of disasters in the basin and to enhance preparedness for disaster risk reduction. The networks created in this process and through ICIMOD partners could be leveraged to identify areas for collaboration and knowledge sharing between institutions and stakeholders in the basin.
River Basins and Cryosphere, Koshi Basin Programme
11 December 2018 to
12 December 2018
Mandira Shrestha & Kanchan Shrestha
In December 2017, and in April and August 2018, the KBI organized two workshops and a regional dialogue to provide platforms for policy- and decision-makers, scientists, and practitioners to deliberate on strengthening regional collaboration in disaster risk reduction (DRR), and ensure resilient livelihoods in the Koshi Basin. The panel, group, and open floor discussions all recognized the need to address DRR in the basin as a multifaceted, interdisciplinary, and transboundary challenge. The consensus was that regional collaboration should extend beyond information sharing. A scoping exercise with potential members and stakeholders to understand their perspectives and needs was also conducted during August–November 2018.
The Koshi DRR Knowledge Hub is conceived as a platform of multiple stakeholders who can address challenges posed by the basin’s multi-hazard environment. It is platform for practitioners, researchers, and policy makers to share knowledge and information on transboundary issues related to water induced disasters and identify areas for regional cooperation. It aims to facilitate integration between research, policy, and practice between stakeholders to develop collaborative activities and projects that improve decision making for the management of the Koshi Basin.
The Koshi is a disaster prone basin. These risks impact the socio-economic development of the population and are likely to be further exacerbated by climate change. The disasters are often transboundary in nature; upstream conditions and interventions affect the downstream and vice-versa. However, there are knowledge and information gaps across geographical areas, institutions, and sectors. Thus, there is a need to share the state of knowledge in addressing water related disasters for better livelihood options and to improve decision-making for sustainable investment in the basin.
The Hub will bring together multiple stakeholders across boundaries to share and generate knowledge and identify priority areas in policy, research, and practice for transboundary collaboration. These can be further implemented by relevant stakeholders.
The objectives of the inception workshop are: