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Application of global hydro-meteorological monitoring and forecasting information for disaster risk reduction/management in hydropower



Date & Time

30 May 2022 to 01 June 2022

Apply for the training by 25th May

About the training

The Hydropower Transboundary Working Group under the Koshi Disaster Risk Reduction Knowledge Hub (KDKH) is organizing this training as a part of its regular activities. The training is aimed at strengthening the capacity of a wide range of stakeholders in Nepal on DRR planning for hydropower. It will cover the application of global hydro-meteorological monitoring and forecasting information for DRR/M in the hydropower sector and advanced monitoring and forecasting system for hydro cascades. The training will have lectures on theoretical concepts, demonstration using case studies, and hands-on exercises.


Koshi Disaster Risk Reduction Knowledge Hub

The KDKH is a platform led and driven by its members to foster transboundary collaboration on disaster risk reduction and explore the interlinkages between science, policy, and practice. Its vision is to contribute to a resilient Koshi basin through better understanding and evidence-based decision making on transboundary water-related DRR. It is hosted by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority (NDRRMA), Nepal; the Bihar State Disaster Management Authority (BSDMA), India; and the Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment (IMHE), Chinese Academy of Sciences; with secretariat support from ICIMOD.


Hydropower Transboundary Working Group

The Hydropower Transboundary Working Group is one of the eight transboundary working groups of the KDKH. This group is led by the Centre for Water Resources Studies (CWRS) at the Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University.

The Group focuses on assessing multi-hazard vulnerability and risk in hydropower; identifying potential ways of enhancing the resilience of hydropower to a changing climate; enhancing collaboration in terms of research, publishing, and advocacy; and dissemination to promote the concept of resilient hydropower. The group also organizes webinars, capacity building, and knowledge co-creation and sharing activities on a regular basis.


Lead trainers

Bernhard Krummenacher is an internationally renowned disaster risk management expert with more than 30 years of professional experience in DRM projects and in integrated natural hazard risk management. He has worked on many projects in Europe, Asia and Africa leading multi-disciplinary teams of experts in hydrological, geological, geotechnical, seismic, glaciological, environmental, and other fields.




Martin Fuchs has a background in Civil Engineering and Water Management. He is head of AFRY´s Hydro-Consulting Section with more than 20 years of professional experience in the field of hydropower development, hydrology, and climate resilience. He has worked as a project manager and senior expert in several projects worldwide, including the design of hydropower cascades in Europe, Asia, and Africa.




Expected participants

  • Early mid-career professionals working in the areas of water resources, hydropower, and disaster risk management
  • Representatives of Arun hydropower developers
  • Relevant personnel from various government-agencies (e.g., NDRRMA, DHM, NEA, DoED)
  • IPPAN, consultants, researchers, graduate students



Facilitated by: Neera Shrestha Pradhan, Programme Coordinator– Koshi Basin Initiative, River Basins and Cryosphere Regional Programme, ICIMOD

Time (NPT) Programme Speakers
17:30–17:35 Opening remarks NDRRMA
17:35–17:40 Remarks The World Bank
17:40 – 17:45 Introduction of training and resource persons Moderator: Vishnu Prasad Pandey, Centre for Water Resources Studies, Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University, and Lead – KDKH Hydropower Transboundary Working Group
17:45 – 20:30 Hands-on training session 1: DRR planning for hydropower: Data required and availability:

·  Linkage of DRM to Hydropower

·  Types of data/information required for DRR planning in hydropower sector

·  Global data products (mostly freely available) related to DRR/M in Hydropower (products, their characteristics, strengths, and weaknesses): e.g., GIS data related to geo-, glacial and hydrological hazards; (Near) real time data for hazard monitoring; etc.

Resource persons: Bernhard Krummenacher, Martin Fuchs, and others

Time (NPT) Programme Speakers
17:30 – 17:35 Recap of Day 1 Resource persons: Bernhard Krummenacher, Martin Fuchs, and others
17:35 – 20:30 Hands-on training session 2: Customizing the global data/information system in a basin of interest – Example: Pilot monitoring system for Arun

·  Introduction and system overview (What is it? How was it customized? etc.)

·  Main data sets, features, and functionalities

·  Hands-on: explore some data, download as map, geo-spatial layers, table, charts/graphs, etc. (Selected exercises)

Resource Persons: Bernhard Krummenacher, Martin Fuchs, and others

Time (NPT) Programme Speakers
17:35 – 20:15 Hands-on training session 3: Advanced monitoring and forecasting system for hydro cascades

·  Hydrological monitoring of reservoirs in cascade: Theory, hands-on, etc.

·  Application 2: Hydrological forecasting (tentative)

·  Application 3: Data sharing within cascades (tentative)

Resource persons: Bernhard Krummenacher, Martin Fuchs, and others
20:15 – 20:30 Certificate distribution Facilitated by Neera Shrestha Pradhan/ Vishnu Prasad Pandey
Closing remarks ICIMOD