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Co-learning review and planning meeting with partners

Development and implementation of science-based springshed management in the Indian Himalayan region




The Metropolitan Hotel and Spa, Connaught Place, New Delhi, India

Date & Time

25 April 2022

About the meeting

To address the issue of drying springs and evolving threats to water security across the region, we signed an agreement with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) for an initiative on the development and implementation of science-based springshed management in the Indian Himalayan Region (IHR) in October 2020.

We are conducting a meeting with our partners to reflect on the progress of the initiative and develop plans for it in the coming months. Specific objectives include:

  • Review the overall progress of the initiative
  • Reflect on output wise plans, achievements, and the way forward
  • Discuss the Decision Support System (DSS) and Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL)
  • Next steps for knowledge management, communication, and outreach
  • Prepare for the regional workshop on springshed management



The initiative on the development and implementation of science-based springshed management in the Indian Himalayan Region is supported under SDC’s project on Strengthening State Strategies for Climate Action (SCA-Himalaya). ICIMOD jointly with Advanced Center for Water Resources Development and Management (ACWADAM), Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IIT-R), and People’s Science Institute (PSI), along with government and non-government partners are implementing this action research initiative to advance scientific knowledge, capacity building, and develop a Decision Support System (DSS) for springshed management.

The action research under the initiative is being implemented at four pilot locations in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, and Manipur. While the field implementation of this initiative will be across the four pilot sites in the IHR, the lessons from the experience will be used for scaling up spring rejuvenation at the regional level.


Tentative agenda

Moderated by: ICIMOD

Time (in IST) Session Speaker
10:00–10:10 Welcome remarks and objectives of the meeting ICIMOD
10:10–10:20 Introduction of participants All participants
10:20–10:35 Introduction to the SCA-Himalayas project SDC
10:35–10:45 Overview of the springshed initiative ICIMOD
10:45–11:55 Action research and pilots’ updates (Reflections from the field)

·        Sikkim and Manipur

·        Uttarakhand

·        Himachal Pradesh

Moderated by: ACWADAM



PSI and Chinmaya Organisation for Rural Development (CORD)

Research validation, monitoring, and impact assessment system: progress and plans IIT-R
11:55–12:10 Group photo and Tea/coffee break
12:10–13:40 Log frame-based group work on output-wise achievements and plans (with responsibility of each partner identified) for future – using world café method


Output 1: Evidence-based information and knowledge developed through action research

Output 2: Improved knowledge and skills for mainstreaming and scaling up springshed management through capacity building

Output 3: Policy and decision-making processes supported for expanding springshed management in IHR.

Output 4: Project findings strategically communicated at local, national, regional, and global levels

ACWADAM, PSI, IIT-R, co-moderated with ICIMOD




All partners

13:40–14:40 Lunch
14:40–15:40 Presentation and discussion on Decision Support System (DSS) ICIMOD and PATHWAYS Technology
15:40–16:40 Two parallel group work on designing communication and outreach strategy followed by a discussion on key knowledge products for the initiative Moderated by: ICIMOD

All partners

16:40–16:50 Tea/coffee break
16:50–17:20 Discussion on Monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) ICIMOD
17:20–17:30 Way forward and closing remarks ICIMOD
18:00–20:00 Reception dinner All participants + invited guests (TBC)