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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 (IHR)

Venue

Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India

Date & Time

19 December 2022 to 20 December 2022

Contact

Karishma Khadka & Barsha Rani Gurung

 

Organised by: Resilient Mountain Solutions (RMS) Initiative, ICIMOD

 

About the meeting

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:

  • Review the overall progress of the project
  • Prepare output-wise plans and the way forward
  • Chart a way forward on a decision support system (DSS) and cost–benefit analysis
  • Explore synergies with ongoing programmes on springshed management

 

Background

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.

 

Objectives of the project

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

 

Agenda

Time (IST) Session Presenter/facilitator
Moderator: Barsha Rani Gurung, ICIMOD

Rapporteur: Kripa Shrestha, ICIMOD

09:30–10:00 Registration ICIMOD
10:00–10:15 Welcome remarks and introduction to the meeting ICIMOD and SDC
10:15–10:30 Round of introductions All participants
10:30–10:40 Update on the SCA-Himalaya project SDC
10:40–10:55 Progress on the springshed project ICIMOD
10:55–11:15 Group photo and tea/coffee break
Moderator: Karishma Khadka, ICIMOD

Rapporteur: Madhav Dhakal, ICIMOD

11:15–12:30 Action research and pilots’ updates: Progress and achievements under each output

  • Uttarakhand
  • Himachal Pradesh
  •  Sikkim
  • Manipur
 

 

ACWADAM and

PSI

12:30–13:30 Lunch
Moderator: Sanjeev Bhuchar, ICIMOD

Rapporteur: Sabina Uprety, ICIMOD

13:30–14:00 Reflections from the colearning visits Each team of the co-learning visit
14:00–15:30 Demonstration of and discussion on DSS ICIMOD
15:30–15:45 Tea/coffee break
Moderator: Barsha Rani Gurung, ICIMOD

Rapporteur: Karishma Khadka, ICIMOD

15:45–16:15 Designing communication and outreach strategy: Reflections from the colearning visits ICIMOD
16:15–16:45 Cost–benefit analysis and way forward ICIMOD
16:45–17:00 Day 1 closing and summary ICIMOD
17:30–20:00 Reception dinner

Time (IST) Session Presenter/facilitator
Moderator: Sabina Uprety, ICIMOD

Rapporteur: Kiran Shakya, ICIMOD

09:00–09:15 Check in
09:15–10:00 Updates on research validation, monitoring, and impact assessment system: Progress and plans IITR (virtual/recorded) TBC
10:00–11:00 Experience sharing from states for synergies on springshed management

  • Uttarakhand
  • Himachal Pradesh
  • Sikkim
  • Manipur
ICIMOD
11:00–11:15 Tea/coffee
Moderator: Madhav Dhakal, ICIMOD

Rapporteur: Karishma Khadka, ICIMOD

11:15–12:00 Way forward for springshed management ICIMOD
12:00–13:00 Log frame-based group work on output wise plans (with responsibility of each partner identified) for 2023 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, CORD, and ICIMOD

 

 

 

 

(Each group to assign a facilitator/moderator)

13:00–14:00 Lunch
Moderator: Kripa Shrestha, ICIMOD

Rapporteur: Barsha Rani Gurung, ICIMOD

14:00–15:00 Presentation and discussion: Log frame-based output wise plans ACWADAM, PSI, CORD, and ICIMOD
15:00–15:30 Coplan the national workshop/regional workshop in Delhi ICIMOD
15:30–15:45 Closing and way forward ICIMOD and SDC
15:45–16:00 Tea/coffee
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