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ICIMOD Headquarters, Kathmandu
27 November 2023 to
28 November 2023
Arun B Shrestha, ICIMOD & Shahriar Wahid, CSIRO
Organisers: ICIMOD, CSIRO
In collaboration with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Australia, ICIMOD is organising a training on Gender Equality, Disability, and Social Inclusion (GEDSI) in water modelling.
Water models serve a crucial role in water development and management decision-making. These models, however, are developed based on certain assumptions and simplifications of the real world. It is paramount for the developers of these models to carefully consider GEDSI during model development and application. This enables us to make informed decisions that are inclusive of all members of society.
The training will explore contemporary concepts and techniques for integrating GEDSI into water models. The goal is to go beyond gender balance in water modelling and consider GEDSI throughout the modelling process, thus broadening the toolkit of water modellers.
The training primarily targets hydrologists, water resources engineers, water managers, and policymakers who use models extensively. Other stakeholders, such as those working in GEDSI, social science, community representation, agriculture, and disaster risk management, may also find the training helpful.
All timings are in Nepal Standard Time.
Training introduction – Shahriar Wahid
CSIRO Nepal project – Auro Almeida
CSIRO-ICIMOD collaboration – Arun Shrestha
Opening remarks – ICIMOD
Welcome remarks – Australian Embassy in Nepal
Understanding participants’ perceptions of GEDSI and water models  – Arun Shrestha
Water models – Arun Shrestha
Challenges to considering GEDSI in water modelling – Susan Cuddy/Shahriar Wahid
GEDSI-responsible water modelling workflow – Auro Almeida/Arun Shrestha
GEDSI terms and concepts – Aditya Bastola and Helen Johnson
Looking at basin-scale modelling differently – Auro Almeida/Shahriar Wahid/Susan Cuddy/Arun Shrestha/Aditya Bastola/Helen Johnson
 The sessions will contain lectures, discussions, quizzes, tips, experience sharing, demonstration of models, real-world case studies and further reading guidance. Participants may also be provided with leading questions for self-reflection.
Problem definition, objectives, and scope – Susan Cuddy
Conceptualisation, data collection, model selection and setup – Shahriar Wahid
Model calibration and validation – Arun Shrestha
Scenario development – Shahriar Wahid and Auro Almeida
Solution identification –Shahriar Wahid and Helen Johnson
GEDSI-responsible modelling – Auro Almeida/Shahriar Wahid/Susan Cuddy/Arun Shrestha/Aditya Bastola/Helen Johnson
Post-training assessment – ICIMOD
Reflections on the training participants and the way forward
Certificate of participation (ICIMOD to develop)
Closing remarks – Auro Almeida/Arun Shrestha