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At a glance

Initiative goal

The project is addressing water issues by reviving springs and improving access to water for domestic and agricultural use in the regional member countries of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD).

Regional Programme

River Basin and Cryosphere

For mountains and people

Spring & solar pumps, Clean energy

Our Focus

Solar powered irrigation

Impact assessment of solar-powered irrigation pumps (SPIPs) in the Nepal Terai, studies on benefit sharing in hydropower – case studies from Pakistan (mostly Upper Indus) and India (Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, and Sikkim)

ICIMOD’s solar-powered irrigation pumps activity started in January 2015 under a grant from CGIAR’s WLE programme through a competitive bidding process. It proposed to undertake research on:

  • Understanding the demand for SPIPs under different financial packages for men and women, especially when additional financial incentives are provided to women farmers
  • Understanding  the impact of SPIPs on agricultural outcomes for SPIP owners

In 2015, ICIMOD worked with the Niti Foundation, a think tank based in Nepal on the issue of benefit sharing in hydropower in the country. In 2018, the project will carry out similar studies to look at benefit sharing in hydropower in Pakistan and the three Indian states of Arunachal Pradesh Himachal Pradesh, and Sikkim.

NEWS AND FEATURES

Around the HKH

WE EMBRACE DIVERSITY

Meet the team

Both internally and externally, our multicultural staff and partners are our greatest asset. They provide us with a broad perspective across disciplines, and offer us localized knowledge like no other.

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Bhutan

EVENTS AROUND THE HKH

Our involvement

For mountains and people

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Spring and Solar pumps

People in the Hindu Kush Himalayas face economic and institutional water scarcity in areas where water is plentiful, but inaccessible. The inaccessibility is caused by a lack of rural electrification or irrigation infrastructure in the plains and because springs are increasingly drying up in the Himalayan mid-hills.

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Clean energy access

Low access to electricity and heavy reliance on traditional solid fuels for domestic cooking and heating are the hallmarks of poverty in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH).

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SPIP Farmer's Profiles

Fifty-three farming families in the Terai districts of Saptari, Bara, Rautahat, and Sarlahi in Nepal have enjoyed uninterrupted supply of water for irrigation since they installed solar-powered irrigation pumps (SPIPs) in their fields.

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Mountain Environment Regional Information System (MENRIS)

Other Initiatives

River Basin and Cryosphere

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Koshi Basin Programme-Media
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Indus Basin Initiative – Media
Indus Basin Initiative – Media
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Cryosphere – In the news
Cryosphere – In the news
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Koshi Basin Impact Pathway
Koshi Basin Impact Pathway
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Koshi Basin Programme Implementation Arrangement
Koshi Basin Programme Implementation Arrangement
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Koshi DRR knowledge hub members
Koshi DRR knowledge hub members
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Koshi Gender Portal
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Cryosphere – Partners
Cryosphere – Partners
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Cryosphere – meet CMP alumni
Cryosphere – meet CMP alumni
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Cryosphere – capacity building
Cryosphere – capacity building
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Cryosphere – monitoring approach
Cryosphere – monitoring approach
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Cryosphere – resources
Cryosphere – resources
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Indus Basin Initiative – SDIP Achievements and Activities
Indus Basin Initiative – SDIP Achievements and Activities
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Indus Basin Initiative – About SDIP II
Indus Basin Initiative – About SDIP II
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Indus Basin Initiative – Gender Network
Indus Basin Initiative – Gender Network
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Indus Basin Initiative – Partners
Indus Basin Initiative – Partners
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Upper Indus Basin Network
Upper Indus Basin Network
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Koshi Basin Programme-gender lens
Koshi Basin Programme-gender lens
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Koshi Basin Programme-Future of Koshi basin
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Indus Basin Initiative – Focus Areas
Indus Basin Initiative – Focus Areas
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Indus Basin Initiative – Background
Indus Basin Initiative – Background
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HKH Cryohub – On the spot light – Smriti Basnet
HKH Cryohub – On the spot light – Smriti Basnet
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HKH Cryohub – Cryo Profile
HKH Cryohub – Cryo Profile
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HKH Cryohub – On the spot light – Mohan Chand
HKH Cryohub – On the spot light – Mohan Chand
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HKH CryoHub
HKH CryoHub
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HI-AWARE
HI-AWARE
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DFAT Energy Special Project
DFAT Energy Special Project
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DFAT Brahmaputra Special Project
DFAT Brahmaputra Special Project
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SWaRMA-activities
SWaRMA-activities
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Koshi Basin Programme-partners
Koshi Basin Programme-partners
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About Koshi Basin Programme
About Koshi Basin Programme
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Koshi Basin Initiative
Koshi Basin Initiative
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Hi-RISK
Hi-RISK
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Koshi DRR Knowledge Hub-Transboundary Working Groups (TWG)
Koshi DRR Knowledge Hub-Transboundary Working Groups (TWG)
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Koshi DRR Knowledge Hub-Goals and Objectives
Koshi DRR Knowledge Hub-Goals and Objectives
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Koshi DRR Knowledge Hub-background
Koshi DRR Knowledge Hub-background
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Koshi DRR Knowledge Hub-Publications
Koshi DRR Knowledge Hub-Publications
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Koshi DRR Knowledge Hub
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Cryosphere
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Indus Basin Initiative
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SWaRMA
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