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CO-LEARNING REVIEW AND PLANNING MEETING WITH PARTNERS
Resilient Mountain Solutions (RMS) Initiative
Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India
19 December 2022 to
20 December 2022
Karishma Khadka & Barsha Rani Gurung
Organised by: Resilient Mountain Solutions (RMS) Initiative, ICIMOD
The primary objective of this partners’ meeting is to reflect on the progress of and develop plans for an project on the development and implementation of science-based springshed management in the Indian Himalayan Region (IHR). The specific objectives are as follows:
To address the issue of drying springs and evolving threats to water security across the region, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) signed an agreement in October 2020 for an project on the development and implementation of science-based springshed management in the IHR. The project is supported under SDC’s project on Strengthening State Strategies for Climate Action (SCA-Himalaya). ICIMOD is collaborating with the 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 nongovernment partners, to implement this action research for advancing scientific knowledge, building capacity, and developing a DSS for springshed management.
This project primarily aims to scientifically advance a methodology for springshed management and implementation of inclusive springshed management plans. The project contributes to the sustainable management of springsheds in the IHR to ensure water security and enhance socioecological and climate resilience. The project also aims to bring in innovation to strengthen national, state, and local capacities for springshed management through the development of a DSS.
The action research under the project is being implemented in four pilot locations in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, and Manipur. While the field implementation of this project will be across the four pilot sites in the IHR, the lessons from the experience will be used for scaling up spring rejuvenation activities at the regional level. The project has the following four outputs:
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 the IHR
Output 4: Project findings strategically communicated at local, national, regional, and global levels
Rapporteur: Kripa Shrestha, ICIMOD
Rapporteur: Madhav Dhakal, ICIMOD
Rapporteur: Sabina Uprety, ICIMOD
Rapporteur: Karishma Khadka, ICIMOD
Rapporteur: Kiran Shakya, ICIMOD
Output 3: Policy and decision-making processes supported for expanding springshed management in IHR
(Each group to assign a facilitator/moderator)
Rapporteur: Barsha Rani Gurung, ICIMOD