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Annual dialogue

Koshi Disaster Risk Reduction Knowledge Hub annual dialogue 2022


Online and in-person at ICIMOD, Nepal

Date & Time

15 December 2022 to 17 December 2022

Organisers: National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority (NDRRMA), Nepal; Bihar State Disaster Management Authority (BSDMA), India; Institute of Mountain Hazard and Environment (IMHE), China; and International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)


About the annual dialogue

The Koshi Disaster Risk Reduction Knowledge Hub (KDKH) annual dialogue is a platform for like-minded institutions, stakeholders, researchers, and policy makers to create and capitalise on opportunities to enhance resilience in the Koshi Basin. The annual dialogue is a flagship event for the KDKH, a member-driven platform that amalgamates the exchange of knowledge, ideas, innovations, and practices from the Koshi Basin countries – China, Nepal, and India – and beyond. The platform is also used to discuss research findings, good practices, and innovations that could bolster policies and plans for reducing multi-hazard disaster risks at a transboundary level.

Created in 2018, the hub works to strengthen transboundary collaborations that can enhance policies and plans for reducing disaster risks in the Koshi Basin. In 2021, the virtually held annual dialogue laid the foundation for initiating Koshi chapters in the basin countries and disseminating knowledge through the Transboundary Working Groups (TbWGs). In 2022, the dialogue will be centred on multi-hazard disaster risks.


Koshi Basin Disaster Risk Reduction Knowledge Hub annual dialogue 2022

15–17 December 2022 | ICIMOD, Kathmandu



The KDKH annual dialogue 2022 will focus on initiating discussions on and forging collaborations at the regional level for disaster risk reduction and preparedness and enhancing resilience to climate change.

Specifically, participants will seek to:

  • Enhance scientific and evidence-based collaborations to address multi-hazard disaster risks in the basin
  • Explore opportunities to strengthen the KDKH TbWGs



Time (NPT) Programme Speaker/moderator
09:00–09:30 Registration

Online check-in


Opening session
10:00-11:30 Opening remarks by delegates

Launch of knowledge products

  • Enhancing the sustainability of community-based flood early warning systems
  • Strengthening transboundary collaboration towards disaster risk reduction in the Upper Koshi Basin: The significance of local institutions

Documentary on early warning and early action


  • Multi-hazard risks and contextualising loss and damage in the HKH
  • Significance of Koshi DRR knowledge hub

Closing of the Session by the Session Chair

Arun Bhakta Shrestha, Regional Progamme Manager, River Basins and Cryosphere, ICIMOD

Arun Bhakta Shrestha, ICIMOD

Neera Shrestha Pradhan, Programme Coordinator ad interim, Koshi Basin Initiative, ICIMOD

11:30–12:30 Dialogue on issues and Challenges of Disaster Risks in the Koshi Basin Arun Bhakta Shrestha, ICIMOD
12:30–13:30 Lunch break
Technical sessions
13:30–14:30 Towards disaster-resilient hydropower structures in the Koshi Basin: Ways forward Hydropower TbWG Core Team
14:30–15:30 Glacial lakes, GLOFs, and societal impacts GLOF TbWG Core Team
15:30–15:45 Tea/coffee break
15:45–16:45 Community engagement in climate action CBDRM TbWG Core Team
16:45–17:00 Stories from the basin Shivaang Sinha, Programme Officer, River Basins and Cryosphere, ICIMOD

Time (NPT) Programme Speaker/moderator
09:30–09:45 Registration

Online check-in


09:45–10:00 Reflections on Day 1 Neera Shrestha Pradhan, ICIMOD
10:00–11:00 Flood risk management practices in the Koshi Basin Flood TbWG core team


11:00–12:00 Addressing landslide and sedimentation risk in the Koshi Basin Landslide and sedimentation TbWG core team
12:00–13:00 Lunch break ICIMOD
13:00–13:30 Stories from the basin – II Jay Poudyal, Consultant
13:30–15:00 Panel discussion – Closing the GEDSI gap to strengthen disaster risk resilience Moderated by Neera Shrestha Pradhan/ Aditya Bastola/ Arabinda Mishra
Closing session
15:00–16:30 Policy round table – Multi-hazard disaster risk management and L&D Policy TbWG core team
16:30–17:00 Summary and next steps

Closing remarks by delegates

Vote of thanks and briefing on ICIMOD Knowledge Park visit

Arun Bhakta Shrestha, ICIMOD


Neera Shrestha Pradhan, ICIMOD

17:00–18:00 Networking and high tea

Time (NPT) Programme
09:30–14:00 Visit to ICIMOD Knowledge Park in Godavari to observe sustainable technologies and solutions

(Lunch included)


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