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Koshi Disaster Risk Reduction Knowledge Hub Annual Dialogue 2021


Zoom platform

Date & Time

23 December 2021

Join Zoom Meeting (09:30–16:30 NPT)

Meeting ID: 925 2946 0196

Passcode: icimod


Jointly organized by: National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority (NDRRMA); Bihar State Disaster Management Authority (BSDMA); Institute of Mountain Hazard and Environment (IMHE); and International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)

KDKH annual dialogue 2021


About the annual dialogue

The Koshi River basin, extending across parts of China, Nepal, and India and home to over 40 million people, is prone to extreme weather events and water-induced hazards. The collaborative, member-driven Koshi Disaster Risk Reduction Knowledge Hub (KDKH), launched in December 2018, aims to promote disaster risk reduction in the basin through regional collaboration among researchers, policy makers, decision makers, and practitioners.

The KDKH Annual Dialogue is a platform for like-minded institutions, stakeholders, researchers, and policy makers to create and capitalize on opportunities to enhance resilience in the Koshi basin. The platform is also used to discuss research findings, good practices, and innovations that could bolster policies and plans for reducing disaster risks at a transboundary level.



  • Discuss scalable and gender equality and social inclusion (GESI)-integrated actions for the management of transboundary risks in the basin’s multi-hazard environment.
  • Discuss the standard methodology for identification and prioritization of potentially dangerous glacial lakes (PDGLs) on the basis of physical, social, ecological, and GESI criteria.
  • Explore a way forward for the KDKH and formulation of country chapters.


Expected outcomes

  • Inputs for scalable and GESI-integrated actions for the management of transboundary risks in the Koshi basin’s multi-hazard environment
  • Finalized standard criteria for identification and prioritization of PDGLs
  • Strategic directions to strengthen the KDKH



Time (NPT) Session details  Moderator/Facilitator
9:30-10:00 Registration/Online check-in
10:00-11:00 Session 1: Opening session

Welcome remarks by

Basanta Shrestha, Director, Strategic Cooperation, ICIMOD

Opening remarks by

H.E. Ms. Felicity Volk, Ambassador, Australian Embassy in Nepal

WU Yanhong, Professor, Institute of Mountain Hazard and Environment (IMHE), Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Director, Branch of Mountain Sustainable Development Kathmandu Center for Research and Education, CAS-TU, China

Sri Sanjay Kumar Jha, Minister, Water and Resource Department (WRD), Government of Bihar, India (TBC)

Uday Kant Misra, Vice Chairman, Bihar State Disaster Management Authority (BSDMA), India

Anil Pokhrel, Chief Executive, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority (NDRRMA), Nepal

Presentation on the KDKH journey –

Arun B. Shrestha, Regional Progamme Manager, River Basins & Cryosphere, ICIMOD

Neera Shrestha Pradhan, Programme Coordinator – Koshi Basin, River Basins and Cryosphere, ICIMOD
11:00-11:15 Short break
11:15-13:00 Session 2: Technical session

Session Chair: Rajendra Sharma, Under Secretary (Technical), NDRRMA

Presentation on the methods to standardize criteria for identification and prioritization of PDGLs –

Finu Shrestha, Remote Sensing and Geo-information Analyst, ICIMOD

Abid Hussain, Food Security Economist, ICIMOD

Break-out groups (prioritization exercise)

Brief reporting at the plenary by groups

Closing by Chair

13:00-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-15:30 Session 3: Panel discussion

Management of transboundary risks in a multi-hazard environment 

Panel Members:

Joydeep Gupta, South Asia Director, The Third Pole

Sama Shrestha, Programme Specialist – Peace, Security, Human Action and DRR, UN Women, Nepal

Vijaya Singh, Policy Advisor, Resilience and Disaster Preparedness, Assistant Resident Representative, UNDP

Wei Zhao, Associate Professor, IMHE, China

Pravin Karki, Global Lead Hydropower & Dams, World Bank

Wang Liyan, Senior Climate Change and Environment Advisor, SDC

Arun B. Shrestha, ICIMOD
15:30-16:30 Session 4: Closing session

Brief of session 2 and 3

Launch of the sediment policy brief and remarks – Rajiv Sinha, Professor, IIT Kanpur, TbWG on Landslide and Sedimentation

Remarks and way forward for initiation of KDKH country chapters:

  • Bipeen Acharya, Joint Secretary, NDRRMA, Nepal
  • Uday Kant Misra, BSDMA, India (TBC)
  • CHEN Ningsheng, Professor, IMHE, CAS, China

Vote of thanks by ICIMOD

Neera Shrestha Pradhan, ICIMOD