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Koshi DRR Knowledge Hub
23 December 2021
Neera Shrestha Pradhan
Join Zoom Meeting (09:30–16:30 NPT)
Meeting ID: 925 2946 0196
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.
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
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
Management of transboundary risks in a multi-hazard environment
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
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:
Vote of thanks by ICIMOD