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Freshwater Ecosystem Assessment Handbook

Supplementary guidance for implementing Nepal’s Hydropower Environmental Impact Assessment Manual 2018


Online via Microsoft Teams

Date & Time

22 July 2021


Sabina Prajapati & Sunita Chaudhary

Organized by: Forest Research and Training Centre (FRTC), Ministry of Forests and Environment, Government of Nepal

Supported by: International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)



The Government of Nepal launched the Hydropower Environmental Impact Assessment Manual in 2018 as a guiding document for the environment impact assessment (EIA), in line with international good business practices in the hydropower sector. With the endorsement of the manual, an in-depth capacity assessment and gap analysis, with a focus on EIA, was carried out in Nepal’s hydropower sector. The assessment highlighted the need to build the capacity of stakeholders on conducting freshwater ecosystem assessments and recommended a handbook to build stakeholders’ capacity and guide freshwater ecosystem assessments using standard tools and techniques.

As a result, Forest Research and Training Centre (FRTC), Ministry of Forests and Environment (MOFE), Government of Nepal (GoN) developed the ‘Freshwater Ecosystem Assessment Handbook’ – a complementary guidance document to the Hydropower Environmental Impact Assessment Manual (2018) – with support from ICIMOD’s Koshi Basin Initiative (KBI) in collaboration with the International Finance Corporation (IFC).


About the handbook

The Freshwater Ecosystem Assessment Handbook is envisaged as a guiding document for the conservation and sustainable management of freshwater ecosystems in Nepal. It can be used to build capacity on freshwater ecosystem assessment and will also be useful to those in the hydropower sector – such as hydropower proponents, EIA reviewers and consultants – as well as for researchers, environmental professionals, students, and policy makers. The handbook aims to provide understanding on theoretical concepts, and standard tools and techniques for the assessment of different components and parameters of freshwater ecosystems.


About the workshop

This workshop will share the handbook’s structure and content among the stakeholders. In doing so, the workshop will gather inputs and recommendations from experts, policy makers, and other stakeholders. The specific objectives of the workshop are as follows:

  • Share the handbook’s structure and content with a specific focus on the components, parameters, and methods of freshwater ecosystem assessment
  • Seek inputs and recommendations on the content to finalize the handbook

To attend the workshop, please visit the following link.

To confirm your participation and for further information, please contact Sabina Prajapati and Sunita Chaudhary.


Time (NPT) Programme Speakers
11:25–11:30 Sign-in Govinda Shrestha, River Basins and Cryosphere, ICIMOD
11:30–11:40 Opening session

  • Buddhi Sagar Poudel, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Forests and Environment (MOFE), Government of Nepal
  • Pema Gyamtsho, Director General, ICIMOD
  • Yam Prasad Pokhrel, Director General, Forest Research Training Center (FRTC), MOFE, GoN (TBC)
Facilitator: Sabina Prajapati, FRTC, GoN
11:40–12:15 Presentations on –

  • Background and objectives of the Handbook – Dhirendra Kumar Pradhan, Deputy Director General, FRTC, GoN
  • Freshwater Ecosystem Assessment Handbook – Deep Narayan Shah and Ram Devi Tamacho, Consultants, ICIMOD
Facilitator: Sunita Chaudhary, Ecosystems, ICIMOD
12:15–12:30 Remarks from the Reviewers’ committee members

  • Bishwa Nath Oli, Expert, Natural Resource Management
  • Richard Storey, Postdoctoral Fellow, Aquatic Ecology Centre, Kathmandu University
12:30–13:15 Discussion session Moderator: Sunita Chaudhary, ICIMOD
13:15–13:30 Closing session

  • Remarks – Neera Shrestha Pradhan, Programme Coordinator-Koshi Basin Initiative, ICIMOD
  • Closing remarks and vote of thanks – Dhirendra Pradhan, Deputy Director General, FRTC, GoN
Facilitator: Sabina Prajapati, FRTC

Post event brief

National consultation on freshwater ecosystem assessment handbook

To aid Nepal’s efforts in considering viability and social, environmental, and cultural impacts while optimizing its hydropower potential, we drafted a Freshwater Ecosystem Assessment Handbook as supplementary guidance for implementing Nepal’s Hydropower Environmental Impact Assessment Manual 2018.

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