We are ICIMOD, a unique intergovernmental institution leading the global effort to protect the pulse ...
With a vast array of partners, we organize our work in what we call Regional ...
Successful interventions can change lives for the better. We hope that the stories of success ...
Adaptation and Resilience Building
23 August 2021 to
24 August 2021
Imran Siddique & Karishma Khadka
Co-organized by: International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Advanced Center for Water Resources Development and Management (ACWADAM), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee, People’s Science Institute (PSI)
Supported by: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) under the Strengthening Climate Change Adaptation in Himalayas (SCA-Himalayas) Project
It is estimated that nearly 50 per cent of the springs in the Indian Himalayan Region (IHR) are drying up, affecting thousands of villages and hill towns that depend on spring water for domestic use and agriculture. Springs also contribute significantly to base flows in rivers, and the drying and loss of springs will affect major river systems in the Indian Himalayan Region (IHR). This two-day inception workshop is being organised to support the development and implementation of science-based springshed management in the IHR.
The workshop aims to have broader discussion with the state government and key stakeholders on the following key areas in springshed management –
Drying up of springs has increased water insecurity for many communities in the Indian Himalayan Region (IHR), which is already facing water stress due to impacts of climate change, human activities, and demographic shifts. Spring water quality has also diminished. According to a NITI Aayog report (2018), 40% of the rural population in the IHR do not have access to safe and adequate drinking water. Drying up of springs also has consequences for the sustainability of Himalayan landscapes and river systems, ecosystem, and biodiversity.
ICIMOD, ACWADAM, IITR and PSI jointly with government and non-government partners are implementing an action research with the aim of advancing scientific knowledge, capacity building and developing a Decision Support System (DSS) for springshed. The initiative intends to develop and promote a scientifically robust participatory methodology for springshed management and implementation of socially inclusive springshed management plans that especially address the vulnerabilities of women and marginalised groups to improve the overall water security in the IHR. The initiative will contribute to the development and implementation of springshed management in the IHR under the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) supported project on Strengthening Climate Change Adaptation in Himalayas (SCA-Himalayas).
All timings are in Indian Standard Time (UTC+05:30)
Moderated by: Pratigya Silwal and Karishma Khadka, ICIMOD
Moderated by: Imran Siddique and Jayesh Desai, ACWADAM; Sukesh Bartarya, PSI
Moderated by: Sanjeev Bhuchar and Suman Bisht, ICIMOD; Jayesh Desai, ACWADAM
Open discussion on challenges, opportunities, and solutions
Moderated by– Sumit Sen, IITR and Karishma Khadka, ICIMOD